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Organizers: Calhoun City festival a success

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 5/25/2013 10:41 pm
CALHOUN CITY, Miss. (WTVA) -- For forty years now, the Calhoun City Arts and Crafts Festival has been one of the main attractions of the year in Calhoun City.

Arts and crafts vendors positioned around the historic town square, looking to show off their goods and perhaps make a few dollars.

"I'm excited. We had a good crowd out earlier and its hot but we've had a good time," said Michelle Johnson, a local vendor.

Even those who were not vendors played a part as well by sampling some of the food being sold here. One vendor said he had all the treats anyone could ever want.

"Corndogs. lemonade, funnel cakes, fried snickers, fried oreoles," said Matthew Hughes, who was selling all of those goodies Saturday.

And if that didn't suit your fancy, how about flowers?

They were for sale as well.

"This is just something we do every year. We enjoy being here with the folks and we like showing our plants off. We think we've got a good product," said Donna Hegwood, a vendor from Pittsboro.

Apparently those in attendance were enjoying themselves too.

"I think it's going great, but it's hot out here," said resident Jessie Nabors.

Festival organizers say despite the heat, it was a great day to be out as folks could see a variety of arts and crafts.

"It's about getting local artisans out. We take our local folks, we take out of towners," said Laura Edwards, a festival organizer. "This particular festival we've got people as far away as Memphis, Bartlett, Carrollton, Clinton, Jackson...all over the place."

She adds that money raised from all these vendors at the festival will go to help the local chamber of commerce.
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