Fall festivities plentiful this weekend
Published 10:13 am Friday, September 30, 2016
The first weekend in October is shaping up to be one of the busiest of the year for the Red Carpet City of the South.
From cyclists to musicians to craftsmen, Vicksburg will have something for everyone Saturday.
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“It ought to be a big weekend for Vicksburg with people coming from out of town,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “I encourage everyone to have fun, enjoy themselves and be safe.”
The Old Court House Museum’s Fall Flea Market will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
“There’ll be lots of great handmade furniture, wooden toys and knives. We’ll also have plants this weekend in addition to the regular flea market stuff,” said George “Bubba” Bolm, curator and director at the Old Court House Museum.
He also noted that several nonprofits would be in attendance to raise money for their own causes, including Grace Church, Paws Rescue and Wink’s Wish.
The fall Farmer’s Market will begin at 8 a.m., and the Vicksburg Fall Festival will begin at 10 a.m. downtown Saturday.
The festival kicks off the fall Farmers’ Market season with music, kids activities and vendors who will sell local, homegrown products like produce, jellies, jams, canned goods and cheese.
“It’s really exciting, especially with the weather turning cool and the pumpkins coming out,” Rebecca Sigh, assistant director of Vicksburg Main Street, said. “The whole point is to get businesses and people involved in the community.”
She estimated 15 to 20 vendors would be on the 1000 block Washington Street. Percy King’s animals will be available for children to pet along with face painting. Musicians Lonn’e George and Mickey Rodgers will be performing, and antique cars and tractors will also be on display.
“This is one of the best days of the year for downtown,” Sigh said.
Other events happening on Saturday include:
• Bricks and Spokes bike ride starts at the Vicksburg Senior Center, 801 South St., at 8 a.m.
• Levee Street Marketplace’s Outdoor Flea Market will begin at 9 a.m. at 1001 Levee St.
• The Vicksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host voter’s registration drive Steppin’ to the Polls at the Vicksburg Mall at 12:30 p.m. There will be a step show by the Greek organizations.
• Mission Mississippi’s Racial Harmony Picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crossway Church. There will be activities for all ages.
• William Michael Morgan will be holding a CD signing for his new album “Vinyl” 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart.