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The Carrolltons draw crowds
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Oct 10, 2013 | 264 views | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the large influx of people in Carrollton and North Carrollton over the weekend, the streets were streaming with people.

With the this year's Carrollton Pilgrimage, Pioneer Day and the Big Sand Creek Festival in the books, Pam Mann said the event may go down as one of the best ever.

"The Lord gave us good weather last weekend," Carrollton alderwoman and Pilgrimage Board of in a hurry," Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne said a maximum of 56 vendors can be leased for the event at a cost of $25 for each booth. An additional $10 will be added for the usage of electricity.

According to a questionnaire survey sent out following last year's event, Hawthorne said the food is the most popular of the vendors.

"The food is definitely the crowd favorite," Hawthorne said. "The children's games are always at the top, as well."

In years past, the festival introduced several attractions for children such as face painting, pumpkin carving, jumping caves and hayrides, and Hawthorne said that was something that had to return as well as other new events.

Hawthorne said he wanted to see a larger influx of arts and crafts vendors.

"I would like to see us do better with the number of arts and crafts vendors," Hawthorne said. "We do very well with jewelry, but I think we need more of the handmade items."

This year's entertainment will consist of a popular disc jockey out of West, Arrick Keys, and 15-year-old singer/songwriter Jada Milton from Grenada. Bluesman Little Willie Farmer and Big Joe Sheldon will perform at the event. Hawthorne said the Powell Singers, a West gospel group, has also been added to the event as performers.

"I'm hoping this will be as popular as last year's event," Hawthorne said. "Year after year, we want people to come back to our town."

For more information on the Vaiden Heritage Festival call Vaiden City Hall at 462-5266.
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