OKOLONA,Miss (WTVA)--In Downtown Okolona, you could tell there was a festival going on.
The smiling faces, the food, the rides were all part of the fun.
The second annual Magnolia Festival has apparently been a big hit.
"Saturday morning, we had several activities at the Rockwell Auditorium. We had Patricia-Neely Dorsey reading parts from her newest book. We had Dr. Rebecca Barnes who did a great presentation on her book, "Burial of a King." said Okolona mayor Louise Cole ."We've had a gospel sing-along. I didn't realize there as that much talent in Okolona."
The heat was almost unbearable in Okolona Saturday afternoon, but it did not stop the people from Okolona from having a good time.
"It's so hot out here but I am enjoying the festival," said Jan Vaughan of Shannon, who was eating a snow cone.
It's a day that many Okolona residents and others said they will remember for some time to come.
Mayor Cole said the festival was essentially started to cast a positive light on the city of Okolona.