|The two-day event kicks off at the farmers’ market|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The 14th annual Warren Street Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 16 along Warren Street and the farmers' market with music, a business expo and other activities at 5 p.m.
The two-day festival is a celebration of Warren Street and its history and includes plenty of music and food, a car show and parade.
The business expo at the farmers' market will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Gospel music groups will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. with the evening rounding out with rhythm and blues music from 9:15 to 11 p.m.
A back-to-school teen party with DJ Quiet Storm will also take place Friday night from 9 to 11 p.m. Teens attending the party are encouraged to wear white.
The festival will continue Saturday with an antique and modern car show from 8 a.m. to noon, followed by a parade at 12:30 p.m.
Sadie Wade Tuning, the first African-American woman appointed and elected to Rocky Mount Town Council, will join Ann Lee Alexander Cook, the second Caucasian woman to be elected to council, as grand marshals of the parade.
A breakfast will be held at the American Legion Post 6 building on Saturday at 9 a.m. with Rev. Thurman Echols as guest speaker.
Cynthia Houston, cousin of the late pop star Whitney Houston, will also sing in honor of Tuning and Cook. An autograph signing and "meet-and-greet" will take place at 8:30 a.m.
Tickets to the breakfast are $10 per person and may be purchased by calling (540) 483-3344, (540) 483-8254 or (540) 483-2459.
The popular Macho Man and Pretty Legs contests will also be held following Saturday's car show.
Gospel music will continue Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m., with rhythm and blues music from 9 to 11 p.m.
Scheduled bands and musicians for the event include Bill Young's Band from Roanoke; DJ Mad Ladd from Lynchburg; DJ Quiet Storm from Rocky Mount; Kerosene Willy from Rocky Mount; Cynthia Houston from Newark, N.J.; Smokestack Lightnin' from Snow Creek; Ridgeway Baptist Male Chorus from Henderson, N.C.; Silver Stars from Blanche, N.C.; and the Anointed Singers of Praise from Danville.
The Benjamin Franklin Middle School Eagle Steppers are also scheduled to perform.
Admission to the festival is a $5 donation each day, with funds being used to pay for the festival.