The Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival is coming together for four-day run, which is set for Thursday through Sunday, May 6-9, on the downtown streets of McArthur.It will be making a return being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation.

Committee Chairman Bill Beckley told The Telegram the festival will get off to a rousing start with the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 6 at 5 p.mThe Vinton County High School Band will open the music with The Star-Spangled Bannerto start half-hour performance. karaoke contest will followwith several divisions of competition.

Cutting the ribbon will be the members the 2020-21 Vinton County Lady Vikings Basketball team, and their coaches, along with Vinton County High School senior Olivia Mayerswho qualified for the State Cross Country Meet last fall.Of course, the Lady Vikings earned enduring fame by becoming the Division II State Tournament runners-up while finishing with a final overall record of 26-2.

Beckley explained the committee wanted to highlight the accomplishments of young people.

The festival has a quality entertainment lineup which includes a rising Nashville star, Eric Atkinson, who is originally from Athens County. He has released songs on the I-tunes and will be performing Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Atkinson released this statement on his Facebook Page.

“It’s an honor to get to play the Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival this year,” said Atkinson. “I saw some of my favorites growing up play here. I always wondered if I would ever get the chance.

Also returning to the Festival is Michelle Robinson Banwho appeared at the Wild Turkey Festival in 2018.

 Robinson is a rising regional act and is based in the Cincinnati area. She is making appearances on television shows and radio stations in the Queen City market and was nominated for the best country band in Cincinnati. She will be performing on Friday at 9 p.m.

On Saturday at 3 p.m. big band era group entitled the Nostalgics will be entertaining. Later in the day,rockgroupsThe Chase Bandwill perform at 7:30 p.m.,and Red Planet Band will be performing at 9 p.m

There will be a Grand Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday on the downtown streets of McArthur and the co-grand marshals are former Vinton County Floral owner Charlotte Mowery, (who would have been the 2020 grand marshal), along with the 101-year-old local resident Eleanor Benedict, who was selected as the 2021 grand marshal.

The Queens Contest will be Saturday evening, May 1 at the Vinton County High School Cafetorium. (See accompanying story on this page.)

As always. there will also be plenty of good food available for sale at the various concession booths located throughout the festival area. 

For more on the 2021 Wild Turkey Festivalcoverage, see upcoming entertainment profiles with interviews and coverage on Main Street TV and the Total Media radio platforms.  The Festival also operates a Facebook Page.