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2 alumni to serve as honorary festival chairs

Two Austin Peay State University alumni, both serving in high-ranking local government positions, will serve as honorary chairs of the fifth annual Rivers & Spires Festival, April 19-21 in downtown Clarksville. APSU also is a sponsor of the 2007 event.

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper and Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers will reign over the festival as honorary chairs.
Two Austin Peay State University alumni, both serving in high-ranking local government positions, will serve as honorary chairs of the fifth annual Rivers & Spires Festival, April 19-21 in downtown Clarksville. APSU also is a sponsor of the 2007 event.

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper and Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers will reign over the festival as honorary chairs.

The Rivers & Spires Festival began in 2003 as a tribute to the returning soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The festival will continue to do that this year, featuring patriotic tributes to the troops who returned in November 2006 from their second tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The festival has won awards and accolades from groups such as the Southeast Tourism Society and American Bus Association. Last week, the festival was nominated again for the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events in the Southeast.

The 2007 Rivers & Spires Festival will feature a number of musical headlines. The Motown band Touch will perform April 19 at the festival kick-off. Grammy Award winner Lee Greenwood will take the stage Friday, April 20, and the country music group, Diamond Rio, will perform Saturday, April 21.
Food and beverage vendors, as well as the popular “Kidz Zone,” will be available.

In addition, the festival's Miss River Queen and Miss River Teen pageants will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 7 in Austin Peay's Clement Auditorium. Both events are official preliminaries to the Miss Tennessee and Miss Tennessee Teen USA pageants in October.

Applications to enter either pageant are due Saturday, March 17.
For more information about the festival, go to www.riversandspires.com. -- Melony Leazer