Could Be Last Year for Mount Vernon’s Dan Emmett Festival, Due to Authorship of Southern Folk Song ‘Dixie’

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Sunday evening may have been the swan song for the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival in Knox County. After a 32 year run, some critics have suggested that the celebration’s namesake, Dan Emmett, needs to go because in 1859 the Mount Vernon native wrote the song “Dixie,” which became the anthem of the Confederacy, and because he was involved in minstrel¬†shows.

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Mount Vernon’s Dan Emmett Festival Celebrates Veterans with Lee Greenwood and Honor Flight

This year’s Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival was a celebration of veterans. Honor Flight was there to encourage families to sign up their vets for a Washington DC trip. The organization flies World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans to the United States’ Capitol to see their war memorials and to engage with fellow veterans. And Lee Greenwood gave one-on-one time to eight former servicemen before he took the stage Saturday night.

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