Country Music performer Tate Stevens, 2012 X Factor winner, will headline the festival’s kick off concert on Friday Oct. 17. Born in Japan where his father was stationed in the Air Force, Stevens spent his earliest years in Wichita Falls, TX.
His father played in country bands, enthralling a young Tate with the genre. His father got him on stage at a young age and Tate decided that he loved people watching him sing. Shortly after his “sage debut,” the family moved to Belton, MO, about 30 miles south of Kansas City. During his high school years, Stevens began singing in talent contest and small Opry type shows in the area.
Stevens married his high school sweetheart in 1997 and they have a son, Hayden and a daughter Rylie Stevens started working construction and in 2003 landed a job with the city of Belton doing road maintenance. But it wasn’t too long before his love of music drew him back into the game. When The X Factor announced the audition cities for 2012 and Kansas City was one of them, his wife and kids kept after him to audition. He told them that it was just not something that he would do. His wife said, ‘Well, too bad. We’ve already signed you up.”
Stevens’ win on December 20, 2012, sent him directly to Nashville to begin work on his album, where he signed his recording contract. He debuted “Holler If You’re With Me” on a Pepsi clip during the GRAMMY Awards in February 2013 and shipped his first single, “Power Of A Love Song”, to country radio.
The concert will take place at Ola J. Pickett Park. It will begin at 7 p.m. with the Ackerman, MS based blue grass band Alan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers opening the show and Stevens going on at 8:30 p.m.
This will be the 11th annual Caledonia Days festival and will appeal to a broad range of ages. All activities on Friday night and Saturday will take place in Ola J. Pickett Park in Caledonia. During the opening night’s music performances there will be a large children’s area with rides, jumpers and games. For the first time, food and craft vendors will be open Friday night and all day Saturday.
Other activities which will take place on Saturday include a classic car and antique tractor show, lawnmower race, pony ride, hay ride, pet parade and local music performers will entertain all day on the festival’s center stage.
The Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mississippi Development Authority and The Packet are major sponsors of the fall festival.4