FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Have a Blast in the Park on Friday, May 10th

Brown Bottling & MSO present the popular annual event at Old Trace Park on the Rez

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April 30, 2019— On Friday, May 10th, the 37th annual Pepsi Pops will take place at Ross Barnett Reservoir’s Old Trace Park, with the assistance of generous sponsor, Brown Bottling Group, your Pepsi-Cola distributor. Additional sponsors include Regions Bank, EastGroup Properties, BKD LLP, and Gotta-Go, with media sponsorships from WLBT, iHeart Radio, MISS 103FM, Hallelujah 95.5FM, 105.1 THE RIVER, Z106.7FM, and the Clarion-Ledger.

Gates open at 4:30pm, and at 5:30, special guest emcees Marshall Ramsey and WLBT’s Maggie Wade will introduce the pre-concert entertainment. Featured groups include the Mississippi Youth Symphony Youth (MYSO), The Southern Komfort Brass Band, and David Keary & Friends.

In addition to face painting, children will have their own activities area in the kids’ playground, open from 5pm until 7pm. The Manship and Pig & Pint will be on-site selling delicious food and ice cold Pepsi products. Attendees are invited to bring their family picnic basket to the event for the “Best Picnic Design” contest. Winners will be announced during the program with prizes donated by Mangia Bene. The ever-popular glow sticks will be available for sale at the MSO Central tent.

At 7:30pm, Maestro Crafton Beck will lead the audience in singing the Star Spangled Banner. Beck will then lead the orchestra in a rousing concert of audience favorites, including soundtrack music from The Music Man, Grease, Solace, theme from MASH, selections from The Magnificent Seven, the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley. Plus, patriotic songs and marches by Bruce Healey and John Philip Sousa.

The evening will culminate in a spectacular finale of night sky fireworks.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, $5 for students/children ages 4-18. Advance tickets may be purchased at or by calling the MSO office at (601) 960-1565. VIP parking passes can be purchased for $30 by calling the box office. Parking in the lower lot is free.


Pops III Concert: Pepsi Pops

Sponsored by: Brown Bottling Group, Regions Bank, EastGroup Properties and BKD CPAs & Advisors


Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Crafton Beck, MSO Music Director and Conductor

Emcees: Maggie Wade, WLBT and Marshall Ramsey

Advance groups: Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, Southern Komfort Brass Band and David Keary & Friends


Friday, May 10, 2019, 4:30-10:00pm


Old Trace Park at the Ross Barnett Reservoir

Old Park Trail, Ridgeland, MS 39157


Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Roberts, Director of Marketing and Box Office

(601) 960-1565 or

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.