The 39th Annual Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival kicks off this Saturday with the arts and crafts festival on Main Street.
In addition to the many arts and crafts, there will be a 5K run/walk, judging of various contests including sweet potato creatures, a sweet potato tasting booth, pie eating contests, and the fire department’s “famous barbeque chicken dinner.”
Live entertainment will go on throughout the day including Kay Bain of WTVA’s Morning Show and local favorite Southern Praise.
The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. on Main Street. Entry fee is $18 on day of race or $15 in advance. The finish line will once again be provided by the Tupelo Running Club.
One of the most popular attractions at the festival each year is the Sweet Potato Tasting Booth where for only $4 you can sample 10 delicious sweet potato foods prepared and donated by sweet potato farm families. This booth opens at 9 a.m.
Contest judging begins at 11 a.m. Contests include Washed/Waxed Bushels of Vardaman Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Creatures, artwork, photography, and writing. (Writing entries have already been submitted.)
The messy, but always entertaining Sweet Potato Pie Eating Contest will begin at 11 a.m. with cash prizes for first place in each division. The contest will be located in front of the main stage by Veteran’s Park.
The Vardaman Fire Department’s “Famous Barbecued Chicken Dinner” will be available at 11 a.m. at the Fire Station. All proceeds will go toward the Vardaman Summer League Baseball/Softball Program.
The Sweet Potato King and Queen Pageants will go on throughout next week beginning Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. for 0-23 months. Two-years-old to kindergarten will be Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. First grade through sixth grade will be Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Seventh through 12th grade will take the stage Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
The Original Sweet Potato Recipe Contest will be Saturday, Nov. 10. at 1 p.m. All entries must be turned in to the VHS cafeteria before 1 p.m.
The festival banquet will conclude the week’s festivities that Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Banquet tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3
9 a.m. Sweet Potato Tasting Booth, 5K Run/Walk, Antique Tractor Show at BancorpSouth parking lot
11 a.m. Sweet Potato Pie Eating contest, VFD’s BBQ chicken dinner, sweet potato judging
SUNDAY, NOV. 4
2 p.m. Queen/King Contest 0-23 months
MONDAY, NOV. 5
7 p.m. Queen/King Contest 2-5 years
TUESDAY, NOV. 6
7 p.m. Queen/King Contest 1st-6th grade
THURSDAY, NOV. 8
7 p.m. Queen/King Contest 7th-12th grade
SATURDAY, NOV. 10
1 p.m. Original Sweet Potato Recipe
Contest at VHS?Cafeteria
6:30 p.m. Sweet Potato Festival Harvest Banquet at VHS?Gym.
For more information visit vardamansweetpotatofestival.org or call 662-682-7559.