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10th Anniversary of Darryl Worley River Run

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FYI: You can learn more about the Darryl Worley Foundation at www.darrylworleyfoundation.org.

By Jeff Whitten

Head Newswriter

Kansas, Darryl Worley and Montgomery Gentry are among the musical acts playing the tenth annualTennessee River Run.

Bill Dance and Sterling Martin will also be there.

The River Run will take place between Sept. 15-17 in Savannah.

The event includes concerts Friday and Saturday nights.

Kansas will be playing in downtown Savannah Friday night. Derek St. Holmes, former lead singer for Ted Nugent’s band and Mark Slaughter, who was the lead singer for Slaughter, will join Kansas.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the main entrance will be in the middle of Main Street between Uptown Bistro and Signs of the Time Museum.

Slaughter and St. Holmes take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Worley and Montgomery Gentry will be playing Saturday at Pickwick Landing State Park.

They will be joined by Jesse Keith Whitley, the Tony Bridges Band, from the fifth season of American Idol and Ben Mathis, the 2011Battle of the Bands winner.

Attendees can visit arts and crafts booths and food vendors starting at 2 p.m. inside the gate.

Before the opening act takes the stage at 4 p.m., the 101st Airborne will fly over during the national anthem.

The biggest fireworks show in TRR history will follow Worley’s performance.

Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt, Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis and other dignitaries and volunteers will join Worley and his wife, Kimberly, for the ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in front of White Plains, the home of Mayor and Mrs. Shutt, at 320 College Street.

Thye will officially open the tenth river run.

At 6:30, dinner will be served by the Chop House at the 10th Anniversary Gala, Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round: Black Ties and Blue Jeans.

The gala is at White Pillars and Worley and guests will perform at 7p.m.

Sponsorship tables for 10 are available for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will serve as auctioneer for the silent auction.

Items to be auctioned include dinner with Worley, a hunt with Worley, an Ole Miss helmet autographed by Archie and Eli Manning, a NASCAR trip that includes a chance to drive a lap on the track and a Hilton Head golf trip.

The golf tournament will be Friday at Ross Creek Landing Golf Course in Clifton. Martin will be joining Worley and other celebrities at the tournament.

The Pick-a-Partner bass tournament is Friday and Saturday. It offers a $10,000 first prize. Dance and Worley will also be there.

There will also be a 5K run, a motorcycle poker run, a youth fishing tournament with prizes including bicycles and savings bonds and an arts and crafts fair Saturday.

The TRR has been named favorite outdoor adventure by TheTennessee Magazine.

Proceeds from the event fund the Darryl Worley Foundation.

This foundation is a 501c3 public benefit corporation.

It exists to serve special needs for people in West Tennessee, Northwestern Alabama and Northeastern Mississippi.

The foundation supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center.

Three people and their guests, for a total of six, will win Saturday night seat upgrades and a backstage pass by texting TRRWIN to 66937.

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