Mississippi holds festival, and maybe a pardon, for Johnny Cash

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Over 40 years ago Johnny Cash was arrested in Starkville, Mississippi for public intoxication.

In one version of the story, police found the late singer as he was picking flowers in someone's yard.

Now Starkville will hold the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Fesitval in his honor, and organizers hope to issue a ceremonial pardon to the Man in Black.

Plans include a ceremony at the site where Cash was arrested, a downtown concert honoring Cash's music, and a sermon on redemption.

The festival will take place in early November and any donations will be split between the local Boys and Girls Club and a local hertiage museum.

Ward said he hopes to make the event an annual affair.

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