This time of year we always get prepared in our small town of Grenada, Ms. for Grenada Lake's annual "Thunder on Water" event which is fast approaching. This year's festival will be June 8-10 and will take place at beautiful Grenada Lake. We don't get a lot of excitement in a small town such as ours but everyone looks forward to kicking off summer with this event every year. One of the things that is great about it is you can bring the whole family and it's not very expensive. Some of it is free but the things that do cost are not overly priced.
The festival has received a lot of attention since it started. It has been selected as one of the top 20 events in the southeast by Southeastern Tour Society for the month of June for 9 years in a row now!! It is recognized as the 3rd largest event in Mississippi and staffed by 250 volunteers. There was a record 146,000 people in attendance in 2003!
Attractions and events include over 150 arts and crafts vendors, a car, truck, and bike show, a 10k run and 5k walk, children's fishing rodeo, softball tournament, speed boat races, jet ski races, rebel amusement carnival and much more. The entertainment in past years has always been a big drawing factor also. Past acts include many famous names covering various types of music from country to blues. Some of the past acts include Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin, Toby Keith, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Lawrence and for the blues fans we have hosted such acts as Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush and Sam Green, Delbert McClinton, Latimore, and the Blues Boys. There is also a "Thunder on Water" pageant held during the festivities to crown a Mr. and Mrs. Thunder on Water and includes age groups from infant up to 18 years of age.
We would love for anyone to come and visit our town for this exciting event. The finale of the festival which usually takes place at about 9:00 p.m. midway through all the fun is the $25,000.00 Zambelli fireworks extravanganza that takes place over Grenada Lake. It truly is breathtaking and the kids love the endless fireworks displayed in the sky. It can be seen from miles and miles around and is a tradition of the festival. I plan on attending and taking my family and would like to welcome anyone to come share in the experience this year as Grenada gets ready for another round of "Thunder on Water".