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June 12, 2014

Dogwood Jamboree to feature local TV weather man

PALESTINE — KETK Channel 56 meteorologist Robert Thornton, who enjoys singing in his spare time, will be one of the featured performers during the Dogwood Jamboree's June show “A Country Cavalcade.”

The show will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at the Palestine Civic Center.

Thornton, born in Bryan and reared in south Louisiana and Houston, has rural roots. Both sides of his family came from deep East Texas in the mid-to-late 1800s. In fact, the largest city in which he has lived in the past 20 years is Tyler.

“He therefore gained an appreciation for small town life and traditional country music,” Dogwood Jamboree Producer Dan Manuel said.

Others scheduled to perform during the show include The Sowell Family Pickers of Houston and The Fuller Sisters of Fairfield.

“This family of instrumentalists and singers from Houston will charm the audience with their ability to entertain those present, from the youngest to the oldest. They have performed all over the country and we are fortunate to have them here in Palestine for this one night performance,” Manuel said.

Sisters Morgan Fuller, Madison Fuller and Mallory Fuller are all instrumentalists and have performed all over the state.

“They are extremely talented. Morgan and Mallory both play the fiddle and their sister Madison is a ventriloquist who also sings with 'her buddies.' She was also crowned Miss Teen Texas a few years ago,” Manuel said.

Others who will be performing that night are: Joe Hancock, Sissy Perry, Neil Hall, Hal Roper, George Lester and Manuel. Band members on the show include W.J. Copeland, Shelia Weaver, Mike Kellogg, Bobby Perry, Billy Lane, Neil Hall and Rick Wheat.

Three young artists under the age of 18 (who will be determined in preliminary competition) will compete for the Dogwood Jamboree Talent Search for June. The winner, selected by a panel of judges and audience vote, will advance to the finals at the December show.

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