LaFayette Honeybee Festival 2017

LaFayette has booked country musician Craig Morgan as the headliner for the June 3 Honeybee Festival.

The matter was discussed during the Feb. 13 City Council meeting.

The Tennessee native is known for several hits, including "Almost Home," "Redneck Yacht Club," "Little Bit of Life," and "Bonfire."

Morgan is a U.S. Army veteran, television host, and outdoorsman.

The city was able to book Morgan for a price of $31,250 for the event.

He is the host of "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" on the Outdoor Channel.

There will be other headliner musical acts as well, including Steppin Stones and Sons of Sailors.

Steppin Stones comes at a price of $2,250 and Sons of Sailors for $3,250

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A host of talented local musicians in the area will also be performing.

There will be arts and crafts vendors, food, a free Kids Zone, inflatables, honeybee and beekeeping tips, exhibits and demonstrations.

The three headlining acts will start around 6 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. show, and Morgan to close it out at 9 p.m.

The first half of the day will be scheduled local talent.

"Our goal has been to get the headliners set and work from there. This is a critical component to the entire festival," City Manager David Hamilton told the council.

Pigeon Mountain Trading Co. will sponsor the event at $25,000.

CHI Memorial will be another big sponsor with at a $10,000 sponsorship.

"We are still going to need more sponsorship," Hamilton told the council as the costs of the stage and advertising for the event comes into play.

Councilman Ben Bradford said the previous "Music on the Square" was a "tremendous" event for the city and took time to perfect.

The difference, Bradford said, is this is a city-funded event and the costs must be made public.

Councilwoman Judy Meeks asked if the funds for the event come from the hotel-motel tax, to which Hamilton said the advertising costs would, but not for the concert itself. But the main three headliners would be covered by the sponsorship of CHI Memorial and Pigeon Mountain Trading Co. as well as other sponsors not named at this time.

Councilman Chris Davis said he has never seen this much excitement for a local event as he has seen with the organizers and volunteers of the Honeybee festival.

The stage will be set on the north end of the square between Patten Street and North Main Street.

Police Chief Bengie Clift said the street closure of North Main at the square is already confirmed with the state.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.