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Dyess, AR--Brett Garrett Reports

Dyess Days Prepared for Big Weekend

July 7, 2006--Posted at 6:44 p.m. CDT

DYESS, AR--It was one of the country's first farming co-op communities following the Great Depression, but the Mississippi County town of Dyess has a bigger claim to fame. It is also the boyhood hometown of music legend Johnny Cash.

"Mr. Cash was one of the best men you'll ever see," said James E. Huff, life long friend of Cash.

Cash and his music are the reason people are traveling across Region 8 and in some cases even farther to attend the first ever Dyess Days, celebrating Cash's music, career and life.

"We're from Jacksonville, Florida. So it was a long trip," said Bonnie Roberts.

Roberts and her family made the 12 hour trip with her grandchildren for Dyess Days so they could see Cash's hometown.

"One reason we came was my husband went to school with Johnny and Tommy Cash. We decided this would be one way that he could be here through us," said Roberts.

Dyess natives Tommy Cash and Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewel are scheduled to headline the event aimed to raise money for the construction of a memorial to Cash.

"He was the biggest thing to hit country music and to make a memorial to him in his hometown is a great idea," said Huff.

All of this weekend's performers, including Tommy Cash and Buddy Jewel, took time away from their busy touring schedules to perform for free, so that all proceeds raised go to the building of the Dyess Museum and Johnny Cash Memorial.

"That's what this is all about. Trying to get some recognition for Johnny and the town, put the two together, so that people who travel all the way across the United States have something to look at," said Dyess Mayor Larry Sims.

The concerts are being held in the old Dyess School Gymnasium and the town expects to sell out the venue, which seats over 1000 people.

"There is no doubt, some people won't be able to see the show this time around," said Sims.

The town hopes the event and the proposed memorial will bring more people to town to pay homage to the "Man In Black."

"He gave a lot to the world and we are trying to give something back to him," said Sims.

The town of Dyess hopes to raise funds for the museum and memorial and plans to open sometime next spring. Tickets to attend the Dyess Days concerts are $25 a day.


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