GEORGE JONES PERFORMS AT THE FIRST JOHNNY CASH MUSIC FESTIVAL

08/05/11

The stars were out last night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro for the first Johnny Cash Music Festival.

Members of the Cash family and country music stars such as Kris Kristopherson and George Jones as well as Dailey & Vincent and Gary Morris took to the stage to help raise money for the restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess.

Representatives with Arkansas State University say the Johnny Cash Music Festival will be presented annually in participation with the Cash family.

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In addition to raising money to restore Cash’s boyhood home, proceeds will also go to establishing a museum in his honor. The project is expected to generate up to 27 new jobs in Mississippi County and may expand to 83 new jobs within the next five years.

According to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT), an estimated total of $2.4 million will be pumped into the local economy through tourist dollars during the first year of completion, and estimate another $7.19 million to come in by the fifth year.

Over 7,000 tickets were sold for last night’s event.

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