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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2024

 REDLANDS FESTIVAL 

Located in Fulton's Historical Downtown Square

T.M. Clark was a descendent of the Chickasaw Indians and dreamed for years of creating a festival to highlight the county’s Chickasaw Heritage.  On April 3, 1976, his dream was made into a reality when the first Redlands Festival was held. The festival grew each year and had over a twenty year run - ending in 1998.  

The first Redlands Festival was held in 1976 on Saturday and Sunday, April 3rd and 4th on the campus of IJC (ICC). Paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, and furniture makers were among the list of craftsmen. Dance performances included Indian Dancing, Folk Dance, Ballet, Modern Dance, and Baton Twirling.  Musical talent included the Ruble Stockton Band, the Blue Grass Ramblers, and the Tombigbee Bottom Band among others.

In 1977 the festival was moved to the downtown area. Well-known musical entertainers performing throughout the years included Marty Robbins, Percy Sledge, Martina McBride and Earl Thomas Conley.

In 1994, the annual 10k Redlands Run became a certified TAC course. Arts and crafts were set up around the Itawamba County courthouse square along with food booths.

 

The Redlands Festival was resurrected in 2022 with new activities, while staying true to our traditional Redland roots.  Come be a part of the fun while paying homage to our Chickasaw Heritage at the same time.  

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Compiled by Ms. Marilyn Leary
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Redlands Festival
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