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Vaiden festival draws big crowds
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2013 | 94 views | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was Vaiden's version of homecoming last weekend, as hundreds of people attended the fourth annual Vaiden Culture and Heritage Festival.

"Number-wise this was one of the best events we've had," Vaiden Mayor Mel Hawthorne said. "The entire event was awesome."

Temperatures started off in the low 60s Saturday morning and gradually rose keeping guests comfortable outdoors.

Food vendors from all over the state, arts and crafts, and entertainment were the highlight of the event, and Hawthorne said he was pleased to see such big numbers line Lee Street.

"I thought it went great," Hawthorne said. "The weather was great, and we saw more and more people come out. Once the afternoon came, we saw our vendors do very well."

According to Hawthorne, over 2,000 people attended this year's festival, and he hopes it continues to get more popular in future years.

"The hay ride was very popular, and the children really enjoyed the park area," Hawthorne said. "That's something we'll look at in the future is more for the children at the park area. The children really enjoyed themselves."

Like last year, the town used Facebook as well as other media outlets to get the word out about this year's festival. Hawthorne said The Conservative, area radio stations, the town's monthly newsletter and even Tradewinds was used for this year's event.

"Everything was great," Hawthorne said. "The entertainment was wonderful, and I'm hearing everyone enjoyed themselves."

Hawthorne thanks the participants and artists for "Vaiden's best festival to date."

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank my sponsors: The Mississippi Art Commission, Entergy and the Carroll County Board Supervisors," Hawthorne said.

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