Posted by Jessi Turnure
DYESS, AR (KAIT) - The Johnny Cash Music Festival kicks off Saturday night. But members of the Cash family traveled back to their roots a day early to explore a piece of history.
"It was wonderful. I was a happy child. You know, we had a cotton farm. Daddy was a hard worker, he was a farmer, and my mother was a hardworking person, taking care of seven children. I'm the baby of seven," Tommy Cash said. "We had a lot of fun together and mom and daddy were a loving Christian family. We really miss them."
Cash and his family toured the latest on the restoration of the historic Dyess Colony Center.
"Where everybody came to get their mail, the mail packages, you know, mail Christmas cards and birthday cards. Now, it's being restored and it's just unbelievable how beautiful it's going to be," Cash said.
The Johnny Cash Music Festival kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center. The money raised will go toward the restoration projects in Dyess.
Cash said some money will also go to several scholarships in Johnny's name, which he said he will talk more about at the festival.
Cash said he will open the event with his rendition of "Ring of Fire" and also sing a duet with his sister, Joanne Cash Yates.
The duo will also close out the show, performing with all of the headliners, Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers.