BRUCE, Miss. (WTVA) - There's a reason why longtime residents of Bruce converge on downtown Bruce and are in town no matter what: the Sawmill Festival.
"I always enjoy coming back to the Sawmill Festival each year," said Calhoun County resident Kimberly Ruth. "I look forward to meeting up with old friends that I went to school with."
"Just all the fun and activities," said Joe Hopkins, resident of Bruce. "[Plus] the food, and the antique show, cars and tractors and it's just a lot of entertainment."
With thousands of people visiting the town over a two-day period, it requires 10 months of planning and preparation from dedicated committee members who want to make sure all visitors have a great time.
"It's mainly year round," said Bethany LaValley, Sawmill Festival committee member. "We have vendors who leave and pay before they leave to come back the next year."
The annual tradition that takes place every second weekend in the month of July attracts people from not only the surrounding area, but all over the Southeast.
One of the main reasons why everybody comes here to the downtown park in Bruce is because there is such a variety of things to see and do.
"Whether you like really great art or you like music or different types of food, [there's something for you]," said Elizabeth Manson Brinson, Brandon resident.
"There's something for everyone here: homemade ice cream, jewlery, the games for the kids and of course the live music that they have," added Ruth.
A resident of Bruce was honored for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Nineteen-year-old Grey Tedford was recognized for riding a specilaized road bike across the country to raise funds for the Amputee Coalition Youth Camp.
Residents say people like that help make Bruce a special place to live.
"This is definitely one of the towns that has the biggest hearts," adds LaValley. "I tell everybody all of the time if you're gonna get sick or if you need help, you need to come to Bruce, becuase the community gathers around its own and lifts them up with anything they need."