Randy Travis Festival photo

Randy Travis attended the festival named in his honor in 2019.

MARSHVILLE — The Randy Travis Music Festival, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, starting at 11 a.m., hosted by the Marshville Chamber of Commerce. The annual event is held on Main Street in downtown Marshville and is free to attend.

There will be a variety of crafts, food and homemade desserts, and musical entertainment (country and bluegrass) that attendees can enjoy. Too, the Marshville Museum and Cultural Center will have their updated Randy Travis exhibit on display for viewing. A car show is also planned for Saturday.

Randy Travis will be at the festival at around noon to meet and greet attendees, according to festival organizer Kay Strawn of the Marshville Chamber of Commerce. The chamber hosts the festival each year.

Strawn said most Marshville residents are “very happy” to see the festival return. Strawn has organized the festival for decades and the work put into it is completed by volunteers.

“That speaks volumes about our community and how we want to pull people together and have an event,” Strawn said. “My pay comes when I see the people out in the street enjoying it…”

Face masks are not required. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as there may not be enough seating.

Randy Travis is arguably the most famous person ever born in Union County. The 62-year-old has recorded 20 studio albums and he’s reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts 16 times.

In 2016, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Travis has sold over 25 million records and he has seven Grammy Awards.

He was born Randy Bruce Traywick in Marshville in 1959 before adopting a stage name.

Travis also has an extensive resume as an actor, appearing in at least 18 television shows and 25 feature films.

He suffered a stroke in 2013 and his public appearances have been limited since then.