Great weather welcomes Pepsi Pops fans - - Jackson, MS

Great weather welcomes Pepsi Pops fans

RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Friday threatening rain delayed the annual Pepsi Pops concert at the reservoir. Monday evening the event went off without a hitch. There were blue skies and warm temperatures, with beautiful waters of the reservoir as a backdrop for this year's annual Mississippi Symphony Orchestra outdoor concert.

Music by Irving Berlin, John Williams and American song writers stared off the outdoor concert by the shoreline at Old Trace Park.

The 32nd annual Pepsi Pops concert drew hundreds to the reservoir for an evening of classical and popular music.

Families brought lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. They picnicked by the water listening to the live orchestra led by Conductor Crafton Beck.

Chester and Eloise Epperson of Yazoo City try not to miss this annual event.

"This is our son and daughter-in-law Steve and Rachel. They've just moved here from Indiana, and this is their first time here. So we thought we'd bring them," said Chester Epperson.

"We enjoy the music, the atmosphere and the picnic that we bring with us, and we like to see the children run around and have so much fun," added Eloise Epperson.

Pepsi Pops is the big closing event for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's concert season which runs from September to May.

"It's got Jurassic Park. It's got marches. It's got patriot. It's got everything and what we want people to know is that this is a great community in which to live, and they're gonna have a great night," said Mississippi Symphony Orchestra President Michael Beattie.

Boats got as close to the shore as possible to hear the live music.

Event organizers say it's the perfect time and place for meeting old friends and making new ones.

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