Charleston, Mississippi is gearing up for its 6th annual Gateway to the Delta Festival on October 15.
The Festival starts with its Gateway to the Festival 5k run at 8 a.m. It will be gorgeous running weather and since it is in the Delta, one will not have to worry about hills.
After the race, there will be plenty of art and food vendors to shop from with live entertainment. There are many varieties of local art vendors, and if you are a local artist yourself, you can register for a booth for the day.
This year, the Festival is also bringing back their Smokin’ Scissors BBQ Competition. The categories include brisket, ribs, Boston Butt and chicken. Registration is due by September 30, so do not miss your chance to be Grand Champion.
However, if BBQ is not your forte, there is also a Photography Contest. The photo categories include wildlife, people, Tallahatchie, landscape and still life. There will be cash prizes for first place in each category. Photo submissions are needed by September 26.
Live entertainment will start immediately after the race. The band lineup includes Krackerjacks, The Band US, Miles Flatt, Skyleor Anderson, Superchikan and more. What better way to celebrate than listening to live music in Mississippi, the birthplace of American Music.
You can also register for tents for large groups right by the stage to have a place to enjoy the day.
Krista Mcfarren, a previous director for the festival said, “One of the wonderful things about the festival is the section of class reunion booths. So many people who have moved away from Charleston come back once a year for the festival. Their classes rent booth spaces in front of the stage and it is a joy to see them visiting with each other, catching up on each other’s lives and enjoying the day.”
Not only does it bring people together from all over Mississippi, but it is also the largest fundraiser for the Charleston Art and Revitalization Effort (CARE) that plays a vital role in revitalizing and beautifying the town of Charleston through arts. CARE is a nonprofit organization directed by Brandon McFarren, founded in 2003.
They have a Facebook page where you can also find wonderful festival posters. For registration forms for vendors, contests or group tents and more information on the 6th Annual Gateway to the Delta Festival go to charlestongatewayfestival.org.
By Helen Colquett, an intern for HottyToddy.com.