By JOEL McNEECE
A 5K run, lots of new arts and crafts vendors, local entertainment and political speaking are among the highlights of today’s Arts and Crafts Festival on the Calhoun City Square.
The annual 5K run and 2K walk will begin at 8 a.m. A 1-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward a new playground for Calhoun City Elementary School. For more information on the run call 662-891-1897.
More than 60 arts and crafts vendors will set up on the square early Saturday morning and continue throughout the day. Among the items expected are purses, jewelry, metal crosses, wooden crosses, hair bows, flags, sun-catchers, candles and aromas, children's books, birdhouses, children's toys, moccasins, Native American jewelry, baskets, and pottery, and lots of metal yard works, benches and bottle trees.
MDOT will be on the square with their “Convincer,” which simulates an auto accident. If under 18, you will need parental consent.
The food choices will include funnel cakes, homemade ice cream and brownies, bar-b-que plates, chicken-on-a-stick, hamburgers, and pork skins.
Live entertainment and political speaking will take place on a stage beside the gazebo beginning with a performance by Jada Melton at 9 a.m.
Other performers during the day include Justin Gates at 10:45 a.m., Lyrix at 12:30 p.m., and the Bratton family at 1:30 p.m.
Political speakers scheduled to appear include superintendent candidates Mike Moore and Jeff Patton.
Sheriff candidates Billy Mac Gore, Greg Pollan and Mark Hendrix had also signed up to speak as of Tuesday.
Circuit Clerk candidate Carlton Baker and Mississippi House of Representatives candidates Jim Beckett and Steve Whitten are also on the agenda.
Three candidates for governor have scheduled an appearance – Hudson Holliday, Guy Shaw and Ron Williams.
This year’s festival will also include a Memorial Day service in the parking lot of Pryor Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Area veterans will be honored in the service open to the public.