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New date, new name
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Changes have been made to Viola Valley Homecoming. It’s now in June and called Viola Valley Stars and Stripes Festival.


Slated for June 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the festival will feature craft vendors, kids activities and games, concessions, antique engine display, a cruise in, five musical acts and fireworks at 9 p.m.


Viola Valley Homecoming Commission president Trent Prater says chances were made to shake things up.


“Commission members felt that things had gotten stale,” Prater said. “Hopefully, these changes will renew public interest in attending. It’s still our homecoming, regardless of the name change. Vendors have thanked me for the move from August to June due to the heat.”


Not everyone has expressed appreciation for the changes.


“The parade may come back next year,” said Prater. “I’ve received some negative comments about it not being offered this year. We just wanted to shake things up and see how it goes. Back in the 1970s or ’80s Viola did offer a fireworks display for the Fourth of July. It was very popular, or so I’m told.”


Music begins at 11 a.m.


• From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Steven Potter and Seth Boyd will perform rock and country.


• From 1-3 p.m., Cross Creek with bluegrass.


• From 3-5 p.m., T.C. Bryant Band with Southern rock and rock.


• From 5-7 p.m., Halle Drue Smith with country.


• From 7-9 p.m., On the Road Again Show with a variety of genres.


The Viola Valley Tractor Pull is still in the works for August.


“We will be revamping the tractor pull as well,” said Prater. “More details will be available as we get closer to August. We still plan to have that part of Viola Valley Homecoming, but in August.”