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Bodock Festival in Pontotoc
Bodock Festival in Pontotoc
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Updated: 9/27/2013 12:10 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - This weekend thousands of people will fill the streets in and around the courthouse square in Pontotoc for the 20th annual Bodock Festival.

Michelle Williams with the Bodock Festival said, "The Bodock was created to showcase Pontotoc and everything we have to offer. Everybody's here to have a good time. We want you to feel welcome. We want you to come."

Local and regional vendors have a variety of handmade goods on sale.

Jayme Curry is a returning vendor who sells candles and jewelry she makes in her spare time.

Curry said, "I have returning customers. They always wonder what I have new. They like to come by and smell the candles and see how they're looking."

This is the second time here for Dwight Cook of Vardaman who makes all sorts of creations from wood. The works include moving pieces to a picture of Elvis.

Cook said, "You glue a pattern on a piece of board, take a scroll saw, and cut it out."

There is also an art gallery open in the chancery clerk's building this year to pay honor to artists from Pontotoc.

When visitors come to this festival they always want to know exactly what is a bodock.

Williams said, "A bodock is actually a tree. Most know the bodock balls which are green. They're known as a horse apple. Pontotoc has the largest bodock tree in Mississippi. That's how the festival was named, and it's stuck all these years."

The festival runs Friday and Saturday.

Entertainment is free all day and evening including the Daryle Singletary concert on Saturday night.

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