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Andy Williams To Appear At Minn. Garland Festival

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Singer Andy Williams will be a special guest at the 36th annual Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids.

Williams will receive the Judy Garland Lifetime Achievement Award on June 17 during a gala dinner at the Wendigo Lodge. He also will sign his book, “Moon River and Me: A Memoir,” at the Judy Garland Historic House that day.

Garland first appeared as a guest on “The Andy Williams Show” on Sept. 20, 1965.

Other events include a party for “Wizard of Oz” Munchkin Karl Slover, a local production of “Meet Me in St. Louis” by the Grand Rapids Players, and a show of Garland’s gowns from collector Michael Siewert.

This year’s Judy Garland Festival runs June 16-18 in Grand Rapids, where Garland was born Frances Gumm. She died in 1969.

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