Dancing in the Park set for Saturday

Marilyn’s Clogging Co. and the Marr Street Band are traveling from Pocahontas, Arkansas, to perform at Dancing in the Park this Saturday. (Submitted photo)

Tra Collins from Love 2 Live Fittness in Brookhaven will also be giving a demonstration during Dancing in the Park. (Submitted photo)

Staff Writer

KMG Creations presents the ninth annual Dancing in the Park from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the large pavilion at McKee Park.

Dancing in the Park is a free, annual event celebrating National Dance Day and healthy living, while promoting disability awareness through dance and music.

KMG Creations started Dancing in the Park initially to memorialize the creator Kayla Gilmore’s relatives, sister Alecia Tyler and niece Brandie Tyler, who were killed in an auto accident in 2007 in Brookhaven.

Gilmore said the event has grown to have awareness attached to it.

“The first few years I asked participants to bring in animal supplies for the local humane society,” Gilmore said. “Last year and this year we will be promoting Disability Awareness through dance and music. It is important that we all appreciate one another and provide an inclusive environment or everyone to enjoy.”

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a Disability Awareness Walk in McKee Park. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. Gilmore said Miss New South Tanner Fant will help kick off the walk.

“At any time a person can become disabled,” Gilmore said. “I feel it is important that we treat and include all in our daily living.”

Prior to the disability walk, Gilmore said Mayor Lynn Spruill will present a proclamation to help kick off the program.

Dance performances will begin at 10 a.m. with Victoria Sanders, followed by APEX at 10:15 a.m., Tra Collins at 10:30 a.m., Tanner Fant at 11 a.m., Marilyn’s Clogging Co. and the Marr Street Band at 11:30 a.m. and concluding with Kayla Gilmore at 12:30 p.m.

Free lunches will be provided while supplies last. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Gilmore said the community support is continuing to grasp on and be a part of this event.

“The Starkville Area Arts Council is a great supporter of this event and has contributed community grants for this event,” she said. “Always support from the Starkville Park and Recreations allowing us to have the event at the Park. The Starkville Fire Department always supports by bringing the truck for the children and help assist. The Starkville Pilot Club, which focuses on brain safety awareness, supports this event and will be there with puppets. There will be snowcones by Chill zone, Mr. Lala’s mini umbrella grove, Garry’s Animal Balloon making and more. We had huge support for Hilton Garden Inn of Starkville which our out of town guests will be lodging.”

Gilmore said Vowell’s Marketplace, Polks Sausage, Copy Cow and volunteers made the event possible.

A meet and greet with all the performers will be held at 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday at Central Station Grill. The public is invited to attend, and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.