Country Star to Headline Moon Pie Drop

Country Star to Headline Moon Pie Drop

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Organizers won’t confirm it, but according to her website, country music star Gretchen Wilson will be the headliner at the Moon Pie Drop downtown New Years Eve.

“I don’t care if she’s green-necked. Bring it on,” said councilman Fred Richardson, founder of the Moon Pie event. “Turn the heat up. Let the sister come on.”

Organizers say picking a good main act is key to bringing in out-of-towners and securing live TV coverage on two dozen stations nationwide.

“They need a pretty big name to sell that half hour of time that they’re going to be broadcasting live throughout the central time zone,” said Carol Hunter of Events Mobile.

Events Mobile says the Moon Pie Drop generated an economic impact of more than four million dollars last year. That’s why Richardson is so upset with recent media reports looking at financing of the event.

Richardson says it’s all about race and it’s all about him

“It has to do with Fred Richardson,” said Richardson. “If it had been Fred Rosenberg, nobody would say a word about finances. Finances is (sic) raised to kill the Moon Pie Drop. There’s no evidence that one nickel of the money was unaccounted for. Not one nickel.”

Richardson says similar city financed events catered to the minority community have come under unfair scrutiny. He cited the Gulf Coast Classic and the Police Explorers program.

Hunter says a review of past Moon Pie Drops confirms Richardson’s opinion that finances are in order.

“Everything’s there,” she said. “Everything’s accounted for. I don’t think we have any concerns that any money was misspent in any way.”

The event will cost about $200,000 this year. Half of that’s covered by the city, the other half by sponsors.

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