Fredonia Heritage Day widens range of entertainment

Published 10:19 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

An up and coming bluesman will headline entertainment at this year’s Fredonia Heritage Day on Saturday, Nov. 4 – the ninth year for the popular one-day festival.  This will widen the range of musical offerings at the historic Fredonia Community House located on Chambers County Road 222 (Fiver Points 36855 for GPS).

Jontavious Willis will bring the blues in a one-hour set at approximately 2:30 p.m. that day. He recently was the opening act for a large concert at Sweetland Amphitheater in LaGrange and has attracted a large following.   

“With the addition of this notable blueman, we feel we’re presenting good entertainment for almost every taste,” said ntertainment Committee Chair Judy Collins.

“Also, this year, we’re presenting the types of entertainment in approximate blocks of time, so that festival goers can schedule shopping our food and craft vendors around the times for their favorite entertainment.”

The festival opens at 10 a.m., offering such area talent as Gail and Donny Douglas, Deb Atkins, Kevin Dunn, and Star Wonders Gospel.  From 11 a.m. to 12p.m. , it will be primarily gospel and Christian selections.

Bluegrass and country take the stage right at noon with Amber and the Dixieland Bluegrass.  Wiregrass, a popular ensemble that enjoys success across the southeast, will be up around 1 p.m., followed by Wilson’s Pickin’ House and other area groups.   

Headliner Jontavious Willis will bring in the blues around 2:30 that day.

To end the fest, performers from during the day, as well as performers from previous years, will gather for a jam around 4:45 p.m..

In addition to the entertainment lineup, there will be a number of crafts and food vendors onsite, as well as a children’s area with age-appropriate crafts.

There will also be a drawing for this year’s handcrafted quilt and a Yeti cooler.

Tickets for the quilt are $2 each or three for $5, available at Belcher’s Jewelry, Lanett, from Antiques and Uniques in Fredonia on Saturdays only, or from any member of Fredonia Heritage Association.

“Each year, we’re excited to say this will be the best festival yet,” said Fredonia Heritage Association President Jim Allen.

“But this year really promises to be the best, with a great entertainment lineup, good crafts vendors, and outstanding food selections.  And yes, there will be fried pies – one vendor is preparing 500!”