Okeelala Festival set Sat. in Baldwyn

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BALDWYN - The 21st annual Okeelala Festival, sponsored by the Baldwyn Area Chamber of Commerce, will be Saturday at Baldwyn's Latimer Park.

Food, arts and crafts, entertainment and amusement rides await area residents at the annual festival, said Hillary Hamblin, executive director of the chamber.

"This is a great opportunity for people to come out and spend the day with their friends and family, enjoy the cooler weather, eat some wonderful food and relax," Hamblin said.

Carnival rides will be open Friday evening at 5. Also on Friday night, the Baldwyn Bearcats will host Mooreville in football at Latimer Park. The carnival will offer great post-game activities, Hamblin said.

"Area youth are always looking for something to do," she said. "I hear that from parents and the students all the time. This Friday night we have just the activity for them."

An antique car show is expected to attract a large number of entries. There will be 28 classes of cars. Awards will be given in first, second and third place, Mayor's Choice, Best of Show Modified, Best of Show Production, Merchant's Choice and Roughest Looking Thing Running.

The entry fee is $15 for early registration and $20 on Saturday.

The entertainment schedule includes Debbie Edge's students at 19 a.m., Suzie Allen at 11 a.m., the Baldwyn Sextet at 11:30 a.m., Those Guys at noon, Hobo Highsteppers at 1 p.m., Gene Wilson and the Southern Grass at 1:30 p.m., Kay Bain and her Mornin' Show Band at 2:30 p.m. and Elixir at 4 p.m.

"All the activities will go great with all the food that will be on hand that day," Hamblin said. "We are expecting everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to baked goods, funnel cakes and cotton candy."

For more information, call the chamber at 662-365-1050 or send e-mail queries to the chamber@baldwyn.ms.

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