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|Mickey Gilley says Delta Fest honor better than Hollywood 'star'|
"Wow what a weekend," Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin said following the Delta Music Festival Saturday and two performances by Mickey Gilley Sunday.
Along with the Urban Cowboy Band and Joey Riley, Gilley brought his Branson music theater act to his hometown.
The Ferriday native packed the renovated Arcade Theatre for two packed performances. Around 600 people attended the sold out shows.
Comedy was mixed in the show featuring some of Gilley's 17 number one hits including a medley from the Urban Cowboy movie, which made his former Texas nightclub, Gilley's, world famous.
"This is the very place I used to watch cowboy movies with Jimmy and Jerry Lee," Gilley told the audience Sunday referring to his famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.
Gilley said he hoped everyone had a good time -- "I always try to do the best job I can on stage no matter what."
"The Mickey events were outstanding. I was able to catch the matinee performance. What a great show, he is still a great showman," said Secretary of State Jay Dardenne. "He was extremely well received. He indicated to me that he wants to come back and do it again in maybe a bigger venue."
"I can't say enough about his committment to Ferriday and the Delta Music Museum," he continued.
Following the afternoon show, Dardenne and Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin unveiled a monument and a new plaza between the Arcade and the museum building on Louisiana Avenue dedicated in his honor.
"You have consistently help us all these years," said McGlothin. "We need to recognize that you never forgot where you came from."
"I will always call this place home," Gilley said posing for pictures with the new monument. "This is better -- more important to me than my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thank you."
"It was extra special because we were able to completely surprise him with the announcement of the plaza," said Dardenne.
Dardenne advised the crowd gathered at the plaza that the memorial bricks can be purchased to commemorate friends or loved ones for $65. Proceeds will benefit the Delta Music Museum and the Arcade Theater.
According to museum director Judith Bingham, the festival Saturday packed in about 3,000 people for "the most beautiful weather and the entertainment was some of the best yet."
Saturday's entertainment included Elvis impersonator Todd Martin and the Avery Michaels Band among others.
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