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Rain doesn’t dampen Hank Williams Festival

By Morgan Burkett
The Greenville Advocate

Despite the loud rain and thunder, this year’s Hank Williams Festival was a hit.

From well known performers like Jett Williams, up-and-coming performers like Donica Knight, and local performers like Starla Jones, there was an unlimited amount of talent on stage this year.

“When they asked me to play I was super excited,” Knight said. “I’m so honored and thrilled to be able to pay tribute to Hank Williams, Sr. I love Hank. He’s the first country music superstar and one of the greatest songwriters of all time.”

The talent is not only found on stage but also in the booths.

Second generation and third generation magicians, Magic Steve and his son Dillian, were at the Hank Williams Festival for the first time.

“I’m excited to be here, this really seems like such a great festival, and I’m just glad to be here to make the people smile,” said Magic Steve.

Mary McDonald kicked of her time on stage with “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” which proved to be a crowd favorite.

Later on Saturday night, Jett Williams and Gene Watson took to the state, much to the delight of those in attendance.

Other performers included Brad Magness, Colon Leatherwood, John Conlee, Hilary Williams, Jeff Whitlow, Jeremy Parsons, and the Southern Legends.

“It’s so great to see Georgiana full of excited travelers from around the world,” said Georgiana Mayor Jerome Antone. “This year has brought so many new faces and volunteers, but we hope to get more of the community involved in the festival so that it will be like old times.”