The Marshall Tucker Band will be the major attraction Sunday when Military Appreciation Day start at 6:30 p.m. at Jan Crow Stadium in Jacksonville.
The event, at which admission is free, is being made possible through a $28,500 grant from the Jacksonville Advertising and Promotions Commission.
“We have gotten 100 calls about the Marshall Tucker Band,” Angie Mitchell, event coordinator, said.
Mitchell said she has received inquiries about the band’s appearance from places such as Bryant, Beebe and Little Rock.
The Jacksonville A&P Commission earmarked more funds for the one-day festival than last year when $20,000 was provided. Mitchell said the commission was given back $4,000 because not all of the revenue was needed.
She told commissioners earlier this year that she wanted more funds to put on the festival to try and draw more well-known entertainers.
Organizers are hoping for better turnout this year compared to 2011.
“We had a very low turnout,” Mitchell said. Temperatures were close to 105 degrees.
The Marshall Tucker Band will appear at 8:15 p.m.
Mitchell said she hopes having more well-known bands will result in larger crowds for the one-day event.
The gates open this year at 6:30 p.m. with the Gloryland Pastors Youth Choir of North Little Rock performing at 6:45 p.m. At 6:55 p.m., the choir will sing the National Anthem.
Country Artist Candy Coburn will perform at 7 p.m. then the Gloryland Pastors Choir again at 8 p.m.
Following the Marshall Tucker Band’s performance, the fireworks will commence at 9:30 p.m.
The Marshall Tucker Band has earned seven gold and three platinum albums. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper,” “Shipwrecked,” “Crank 2,” and “Swing Vote.”
Mitchell said no coolers will be permitted on the premises, except small ones for families with little children. A concession stand will be open for people to buy food and drinks.
No alcoholic beverages will be permitted on the premises.