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Flea Market and Fall Fest take over downtown Oct. 7

Downtown Vicksburg will be full of activity Oct. 7 as the Old Courthouse Museum Flea Market and Fall Fest take over downtown and attract thousands of visitors.

Fall Fest will start at 11 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. with three different bands performing at the farmers’ market lot on the corner of Washington and Jackson streets.

Chris Gill will take the stage first and perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gill plays a variety of music including folk, blues, rock and jazz. He will be followed by the duo of Kern & Denise, who will perform from 1-2:30 p.m. They call their music ‘Greenville Mississippi Blues’, which includes a mixture of rock, blues and country.

The final performance of the evening will be the band Goodpaper of the Reverend Robert Mortimer, who will perform from 3-4:30 p.m. Their music includes rock, blues and even funk influences.

Fall Fest will also feature kids activities, a performance by the comedic circus act Skins and Bones, the trackless train running up and down Washington Street, a display by the Natural Science Museum from Jackson and a merchant sidewalk sale. There will also be antique tractors on display at the farmers’ market lot.

“It brings people down to see what we have to offer downtown and the merchants offer the sidewalk sale so they come out with their merchandise and people walk up and down the street and see the different businesses we have,” Kim Hopkins, the executive director Vicksburg Main Street, said. “It gives a chance for the family to come down and enjoy downtown.”

The Flea Market, which circles the Old Courthouse Museum on Cherry, Jackson and Monroe streets will start earlier that morning with vendors opening at 8 a.m. The market will then wind down around 4 p.m. As of Monday, there were 70 vendors signed up for the market, which features a variety of arts, craft and food for sale.

The two events are expected to attract between 2,000 and 4,000 people to downtown Vicksburg throughout the day.

“I think it is great,” Hopkins said. “It gives people a chance to do a little bit of everything in Vicksburg. I know people enjoy walking around the courthouse and then they walk downtown. It makes it a full day.”

All Fall Fest activities other than the kids bounce houses are free to the public.