This year's fourth installment of the Vaiden Heritage Festival, the town's biggest event of the year, is always highly anticipated with a large number of vendors, entertainment acts and children's pleasantries to go along with a usually sunny autumn afternoon.
This year's Vaiden Heritage Festival is set for October 19 from 8 to 5. The event will be held on Lee Street, from the Vaiden Library to the intersection of Magnolia Street.
Still Vaiden Mayor Mel Hawthorne said more vendors and entertainment acts are needed for the event.
"We have around 30 vendors, but we could use more," Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne said a maximum of 56 vendors can be used 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 each event, Hawthorne said the food is always 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 event introduced several attractions for children such as facepainting, pumpkin carving, jumping caves, 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 craft 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 also perform at the event.
"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.