Rehearsal time for a special night at the Tomato Bowl

Members of the Cherokee Charmers are pictured taking part in a rehearsal at the Historic Tomato Bowl on Thursday morning. The Charmers will be participating in the formal Tomato Bowl dedication ceremony, which will get under way at 7 p.m. Friday.

With the official dedication ceremony of the Historic Tomato Bowl only hours away now, the Jacksonville Fightin' Indian Band, Cherokee Charmers and twirlers spent a muggy Thursday morning in on-the-field rehearsals at the Tomato Bowl.

The squads will be a part of what will be a memorable evening in downtown Jacksonville, as local dignitaries and school officials are scheduled to take part in the formal ribbon cutting ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m.

At 8 p.m. country music artist Neal McCoy, a Jacksonville native, will perform a free concert at the Tomato Bowl.

Highlighting McCoy's long career are a pair of No. 1 singles, “No Doubt About It” and “Wink”.

The Tomato Bowl gates will open at 6 p.m.

There will be no reserve seating for the concert.

JISD officials will be enforcing the clear bag policy as per the Tomato Bowl Regulation and Policies, which can be found on the jisd.org web site.