RiverFest weekend gets under way

Published 12:00 pm Saturday, April 26, 2014


With a forecast of sunny skies, visitors to RiverFest and other activities throughout the city should be able to pack in a full day of fun today.

Kim Hopkins, executive director of Vicksburg Main Street Program said she is excited that possible thunderstorms and rain were not expected to arrive until Sunday.

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“We’re really excited. I think tonight everybody’s really excited,” she said Friday before Ralph Miller took the stage to kickoff the weekend’s events.

Revelers hit the streets Friday to take in several musical acts at two different stages. Vicksburg native Linda Washington said the ideal weather brought her to downtown Friday.

“This is my first time,” she said. “I guess the last few years, just with the weather it kept me inside. I figured it was so nice out that it’d be a good time to go.”

Several visitors, including Washington, said they were eager to catch Friday’s final performance by Winnfield, La. Native TK Soul, known as the “bad boy of Southern soul.”

Anna Simpson, of Jackson, said she made the half-hour trek to Vicksburg to see Soul.

“We came to see TK Soul,” she said, referencing her sisters with whom she expected to go to the concert. “We’ve seen him before, but never been to this.”

Others serendipitously stumbled upon the evening’s festivities like Otis and Katherine Preslar, of Hot Springs, Ark.

“We were just passing through and actually came downtown to this,” Otis Preslar said. “The music, the smell of the food — it’s great.”

The music and food Friday were just tastes of the RiverFest activities as well as others going on throughout the city today.

At 8 this morning, the RiverFest arts and crafts show begins near City Hall on Walnut Street.

One block west on Washington Street, classic automobiles and tractors will be on display while children’s games and other attractions — including a “walk on water” game will be available.

At 10 a.m., the Old Court House Museum’s flea market vendors will open their tents, selling a variety of history-inspired memorabilia and wares.

Hopkins expects the clear weather and variety of offerings to make for a successful weekend.

“It should be a really good turnout,” she said.

At 2 p.m., Vicksburg’s local YMCA chapter will celebrate Healthy Kids Day with a Healthy Kids festival.

The festival will be held at the W.K. Purks Center, 267 YMCA Place and will include face painting, three-legged races, flag football and other games. The day will conclude with a color run — the finale to the children’s ongoing efforts to tally 26.2 miles of running. The last 1.2 miles will have the children throwing handfuls of colored cornstarch into the air.

At 9:30 a.m., the Vicksburg National Military Park will host its annual Junior Ranger Day Celebration at the USS Cairo Museum. The celebration, with a “National Park Week: Go Wild” theme, will give park participants an opportunity to showcase what makes them significant, special, or unique. The Junior Ranger program encourages America’s youth to explore, protect, and learn about our National Parks. Admission to the park will be $8.00 per car unless you have a VNMP or Federal Lands pass. There are no additional charges for the Junior Ranger Day activities.

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