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  Wednesday 10 May 2017


Prater Music Festival

2017 Prater Music Festival

Schedule of Events

In 2015, the city of Ocilla began honoring R&B music legend and Ocilla native Dave Prater of the group Sam & Dave.

The first year, city officials erected highway signs along Highways 129 and 32 that greet visitors who enter from each direction. The second year, former Sam & Dave band member Newton Collier was the guest speaker at the tribute dinner. For the third year, organizers will present the first ever Dave Prater Music Scholarship to an Irwin County High School senior interested in pursuing a musical career.

Here are the 2017 schedule of events for the Dave Prater Music Festival:

Wednesday, May 10: A gospel sing in honor of Dave Prater’s roots singing in the church begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, 207 E. Seventh St., Ocilla.

Thursday, May 11: Tribute Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. at Irwin County High School, 149 Chieftain Circle, Ocilla.

Friday, May 12: Street festival with live music 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on North Cherry Street between Fourth and Fifth streets in downtown Ocilla.

For more information about Dave Prater, Ocilla’s festival and sponsorship opportunities, go to