Excitement building for Ole Brook Festival
There’s only one day left until the 42nd annual Ole Brook Festival gets underway in downtown Brookhaven and the excitement is building.
Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, the festival is sure to be the best ever, said Katie Nations, program director for the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. She said from food and artisan vendors to local entertainment, there will be something for everyone.
“We will have people selling handmade woodwork,” Nations said. “We’ve got handmade duck, turkey calls, swing sets, carving boards. We have lots of fine craftsmen coming.”
In addition to the woodworkers, artists will be set up selling their creations including canvas paintings and yard art.
“There will be clothing vendors, jewelry makers and kids’ face painters,” she said.
Along with all of the vendor booths, the festival will feature a variety of entertainers on the stage, which will be set up near the Chamber. Friday night’s lineup starts at 5 p.m. with Tony Norton, The Cotton-Bridge Band and Rockin’ the Keys dueling pianos and ends with Cary Hudson.
“Friday night’s entertainers will play until 10 p.m.,” Nations said. “Food vendors will be open — they can start selling anytime Friday — but all of the other booths cannot sell anything that evening. It still gives people the opportunity to see what will be set up Saturday.”
The MSGirls4acure will kick off its 5K Walk/Run Saturday morning. Registration for the 5K will begin at 7 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for an adult and $12 for children 10 years old and under. The actual run will start at 8:30 a.m. at the main stage.
For more information about the 5K, contact MSGirls4acure member Olivia Wallace at 601-754-9991 or MSGirls4acure@yahoo.com. Registration forms can also be picked up at the Chamber.
Saturday’s entertainment will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run throughout the festival. It will feature The Micky Man Blues Band, The Hewitt Family Band, Brookhaven Music Rock Academy, musicians from the Mississippi School of the Arts, Mississippi Spirit, the Southern Classic Cloggers and Virgil Brawley.
The Ole Brook Festival Car Show will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The cars will be located on Railroad Avenue from Cherokee to Monticello streets. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the awards presentation will be at 2:30 p.m. at the main stage. Entry fees are $10 per vehicle.
The youth zone will include inflatables as well as extreme games, such as the cliff jump, 28-foot crack and slide, the KAPOW, a tree house, survivor obstacle course, bounce house and Ole Brook Choo Choo train.
“We are extremely excited for this weekend,” Nations said. “We have sold more booth spaces than ever before. The weather is supposed to be beautiful. It’s looking like it will be a nice, cool fall weekend.”
Nations said the Chamber could not have organized the festival without the continued help of the community.
“The staff at the Chamber thanks all of our sponsors and volunteers,” she said. “We can’t take credit for it all. We couldn’t do it without them. They have been more help than imagined.”
Spots are still available for the 5K and car show.
For more information about the Ole Brook Festival, contact Nations at 601-833-1411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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