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43rd Ole Brook Festival is Saturday

The biggest festival in Lincoln County kicks off Friday night with a free concert featuring blues artist Vasti Jackson.

The 43rd annual Ole Brook Festival starts the next day, Oct. 7, at 8 a.m. with a 5K run followed by a car show at 9 a.m. The festival will be open until 4 p.m.

More than 200 vendors are signed up for the daylong festival, which stretches along Railroad and Whitworth avenues and Cherokee Street. Food will also be available on Railroad Avenue. A few vendor spots are still available, said Katie Nations, program director of the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

The food vendor spots are full.

“We have 15 food vendors,” she said.

Nations rattled off a long list of foods such as kettle corn, ice cream, fish, pork skins, barbecue, funnel cakes, poboys and chicken on a stick.

“If you can dream it, we’ve got it,” said Jillian Ricceri, membership director at the Chamber.

For the free kick-off concert Friday night, Mississippi School of the Arts will open the show on the main stage between State Bank and Brookhaven ENT on Cherokee Street.

They’ll be followed by Brookhaven musician Sam Mooney, who is opening for Jackson.

Food vendors will be open Friday night, Ricceri said.

She encourages people to bring lawn chairs to “kick back and relax.”

The 5K run is the group’s ninth annual breast cancer awareness run/walk.

The Ole Brook Car Show will be set up on Railroad Avenue. Awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

The Kid Zone opens at 9 a.m. in the north parking lot in front of the old Train Depot. Children will be able to play all day for a $10 armband. The area will include inflatable jumpers, a rock wall and the Mindwinder, an amusement park ride. It closes at 3 p.m.

Live music will be provided throughout the day from Brookhaven Music and Sound students, Douglas Band, 55 South, Hewitt Family Band, The Smiths, Hannah Jarrreau and Epic Funk Brass Band.

Nations said there is something for everyone at the Ole Brook Festival.

“It’s for the whole family,” she said. “If you like live music, we’ve got that. If you like to shop, we’ve got that. If you want to come and eat we’ve also got that.”

For more information, call the Chamber at 601-833-1411.