"Dyess Days" a Success

July 8, 2006 -- Posted at 7:41 p.m. CDT

DYESS, AR -- Saturday marks the second day of ''Dyess Days'' in Dyess, Arkansas.

This event is being held to raise money for a Johnny Cash Museum and memorial to the man in black.

Country music star Buddy Jewell is one of the big attractions Saturday.

"Tommy Cash called me about three months ago and asked me if I would like to help out with the benefit.  It's a huge honor for me to be associated with it.  I grew up in Osceola, and my folks are from Dyess," said Jewell.

Jewell says that coming back to this town after so long, means a lot to him.

"Dyess holds a special place in my heart and Johnny Cash does as well.  It was an opportunity to help out, so here I am," said Jewell.

Dyess has a population of just over 500 people, and as of Saturday afternoon there were about three times that number of people in town.

The building the concerts are being held in holds about 1,500 people, and Dyess Mayor Larry Sims said he's hoping to turn people away.

"I would like to see some turned away.  I would like to see a complete sell out," said Sims.

With the size of the crowd that city officials expect, they should come close to reaching their goal.

"We need at least $70,000.  We need to clear $70,000 over the weekend to put us where we need to be at this point," said Sims.

All of the bands are playing the event free of charge.  All proceeds from the event will go into the benefit fund for Johnny Cash.

For more information about Dyess Days log onto:  www.dyessday.com