The Big Show Savannah – Celebrating the Spirit of Savannah

A Great Festival for One of Savannah's Great Streets

Local business leaders, entertainers, artists, religious leaders, elected officials, com- munity and neighborhood activists and the general public are set to help highlight the culture and heritage of Savannah and the Coastal Area.

Slated for Friday thru Sunday October 31- November 2. 2008, along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., from Gwinnett Street, north to the Earl T. Shinhoster Overpass, adults and children of all ages will be able to join in the merriment and enlightenment of the first annual THE BIG SHOW SAVANNAHCelebrating the Spirit of Savannah. The 2008 theme is

Live Green – Save the Planet.

“In addition to highlighting the history and culture of the Savannah area, it will also be a great opportunity to call attention to the very positive change and development that are taking place along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd./Montgomery Street Corridor”, says Charles Johnson, the general coordinator of the 26 year-old Spirit of Sweet Auburn Festival in Atlanta and the primary sponsor of THE BIG SHOW SAVANNAH. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., formerly West Broad Street, in Savannah, has a very similar history to Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. It too, was a thriving corridor of business, religious and cultural establishments and a hub of the African American community.

Savannah was selected as the first city, out of five from across the nation, where the Spirit of Sweet Auburn Foundation will take its internationally known festival template. “It is our hope that these family-oriented events will prove to be as beneficial to these communities as the Sweet Auburn Springfest has been to Atlanta for over two and a half decades. We have been met with the warmest hospitality from Savannah.” From Oct. 31- Nov. 2, festival goers are encouraged to take advantage of that last chance for daylight savings time and bring their family and friends out for a wide array of activities promoting good health and fitness, the latest ideas in advanced technology and business, tips on how to Live Green and save the planet for the next generations, the Million Voter Pledge – Registration and Get-Out-the-Vote rally, the Artists and Vendors Markets, two stages of the Best of Savannah Revue – live entertainment, from youth pop and culture to inspirational, as well as opportunities to partake of delectable Low Country and southern food and beverages. Festival hours are: Friday Oct. 31- 5:00-10:00 PM; Sat. Nov. 1 – following the SSU Homecoming Parade until 9:00PM; and Sun. Nov. 2 – 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM. Festival venue chairs are: Business & Technology, Carolyn Allen; Health & Fitness Fair, Tanya Scott-Pilcher and Clarence “Teddy” Williams, Jr.; Kids Fantastic Fun Zone, Anne Mueller; Live Green Expo, Richmond Fergerson; Car & Bike Expo, Warren Hickman; and Stages of Live Entertainmen, Charlotte Cain and Wanda Edwards.

For general information, call Diana Harvey Johnson at 927-8425. For stage and entertainment, call Wanda Edwards at 323- 3304.

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