The City of Bastrop has teamed up with Healthy Blue to help bring music and health to the people of Morehouse Parish at the recently revamped Dotson Park this Sunday, April 15.

The festival will begin at noon and last until 6 p.m. Bring folding chairs and umbrellas.

Director of Community Development Jay Blackmon-Williams said the city has partnered with Healthy Blue, formerly Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to bring three music festivals to Bastrop this year.

Dotson Park has recently been updated and is the ideal location to host a music festival, Blackmon-Williams said.

"We have been referring to it as the new park, but it is not new," he said. "We just want to give it a rebirth and let people know that this beautiful park is in Morehouse Parish. The lighting has been increased. It is being maintained exceptionally. It is the most beautiful park in town.

"The rolling green hills and old pine trees shading the park make this the perfect place for a music festival," he said.

Healthy Blue will be having free health screenings and Go Care will be there to give free HIV/AIDS tests.

"Healthy Blue realized they have more clients here in Morehouse Parish than they do in any other part of the state," he said. "The city is fostering a relationship with them. They want to come to the community and do more positive things here."

Blackmon-Williams said there will be food and craft vendors scattered throughout the park, and the health screenings will be inside the gym.

There will be performances by Ghetto Cowboy, Taylormade Band, Mateo and DJ Blakk.

"We will be having a battle of the dance and the Richwood Marching Band will be performing," he said. "Three dance companies will be there to battle off on dance routines. The crowd will pick the winner.

"There will also be a DJ battle on stage," he added. "There will be rotating DJ's hyping the crowd up with songs, and the crowd can eliminate one at a time. The last man standing will get a $500 prize."

Everyone is invited and encouraged to come out and enjoy the music festival. For more information, call Jay Blackmon-Williams at 318-355-5628.