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Mickie James to headline Ladysmith Day festival

Mickie James

Mickie James

One of Caroline County’s annual neighborhood traditions will take place this weekend.

The Ladysmith Day Festival, held every spring, brings friends, families and local businesses together for a day of fun and games outside.

This year, Virginia native and country music singer Mickie James will be at the festival.

James was also a professional wrestler, but on Saturday, she’ll belt out tunes for festival attendees.

Music is a new venture for James.

“It shows a different side of me,” she said. “It’s a different side of emotion. Wrestling is pure adrenaline. This is heartfelt, exposing who you are. It’s vulnerable.”

Though she had a wrestling career, she’s always been interested in music.

“It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little girl,” she said.

She played the violin for five years, and spending lots of time on the road, she relied on music to keep her going.

She draws on her own personal experiences in writing songs, she said.

At 1 p.m., James will have a meet-and-greet, and she will take the stage at 2:45 p.m. She’ll be joined by the band Jackson Ward.

Moe’s Garage Band will also be performing.

There will be more than 60 vendors at the festival showcasing crafts and other items. The Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Company will have a car show.

In addition, there’s a beer garden and winery garden and a variety of food vendors.

For the younger set, children can enjoy a petting zoo, a moon bounce, a craft zone and a photo booth.

Cornhole games will be available for free play from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival takes place on the Village Green inside the Ladysmith Village subdivision, off U.S. 1 in Caroline County.

Admission is free and free parking will be available at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, just down the street from the Village Green.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413