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|Delta Festival headed for Fall|
Delta Music Museum Director Judith Bingham told Concordia Chamber of Commerce members that the 2011 Delta Music Festival is tentatively scheduled for the Fall.
The festival has been held the first Saturday in April since it opened in 2002.
"The weather is so unpredictable," Bingham said. "So we're going to possibly move it to the Fall. And we will induct someone new to the Delta Music Hall of Fame."
Bingham asked for suggestions for entertainers and nominations for possible inductees.
The meeting was the first for the combined Concordia Parish Chamber of Commerce. The annual awards dinner was held at the Bryant O. Hammett Jr., Vidalia Conference and Convention Center last month.
"We're concentrating on getting organized," said Mike Smith, who is serving as the first president of the combined chambers. "We want to help the businesses, we don't want to be known as a social club."
Concordia Parish Chamber of Commerce Director Jamie Burley said the dinner was successful as 220 people attended compared to 180 in 2010.
Mignonne Ater of the Central Louisiana Technical College Shelby Jackson Campus asked members of the chamber to write a letter of support to the Louisiana Technical College asking to change the name to Central Louisiana Technical College, Ferriday Campus.
"Most people do not know where the college is or who Shelby Jackson is," Ater said. As far as I know, there are no relatives of Shelby Jackson here and I know of no opposition. We will still have Shelby Jackson on the building. We're not minimizing him. We just want people to recognize where we are. The Oakdale campus has Oakdale in its name and Alexandria has its name in its title."
Ater said groundbreaking ceremonies for expansion of the college will be held later this month and Gov. Bobby Jindal has been invited.
Classes are currently being held at the former Huntington School building during the construction.
Cassandra Lynch, who is organizing the first Mardi Gras parade in Vidalia on Feb. 19, was the guest speaker at the luncheon.
The parade will be held at 2 p.m. and go from Vidalia Upper Elementary to Vidalia High School.
"My relatives in New Orleans thought I was crazy for doing this," Lynch said. "But they are coming."
Lynch said she had 20 entries and is counting on 30-to-35 by parade day.
"We have eight floats," she said. "And next year my goal is to have our own Krewe ball and in the convention center after the parade."
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