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CARE is the official sponsor of the Gateway to the Delta Festival.

We are now in our 4th year of existence and are planning a full scale festival complete with art and craft vendors from across the Southeast and a first class music line-up for the enjoyment of the diverse population that calls Charleston and Tallahatchie County home. As we refined our vision for the festival we became aware of some of the issues that affect the people of the county, most notably, the poor state of health afflicting many of our residents. We decided to turn that negative into a positive and use the festival as a staging ground, not just to bring an outside crowd to town for good food, shopping and music, but as a way to highlight and address some of these health problems. To that end, we tagged the festival “Food, Music and Healthy Living.”

The 3rd annual Gateway to the Delta Festival was a huge success! BBQ contestants set up on Friday night and began preparing their food for the Grillin’ with Scissors BBQ competition. A 5K run/walk started Saturday off on the right “foot”. Over 120 racers registered! There was a steady crowd throughout the day who gathered to enjoy a wide variety of music from a great line-up of Mississippi musicians. Arts & crafts vendors offered unique items of all kinds to shoppers, and there was a great variety of food to choose from, from the many food vendors who participated. The Kid Zone was also a big hit this year, entertaining a large crowd of children for hours. It was a really fun night with Crossin Dixon and the KrackerJacks on stage. Thousands of people from all around the US and even different countries came together to have a great time at the Gateway to the Delta Festival in Charleston, MS, and we look forward to seeing everyone again this year!

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13 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. So glad to see interest in preserving Charleston. I am the daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter of residents that lived there. The family names were Leggett and Carter. The Carter house still stands on Main St. I hope to make a trip there either this year or next. I live in Vero Beach, Florida.

    • Thanks for your comments, Suzanne. We are working hard to preserve the best of Charleston and to revitalize the rest! Please come this year to the festival! Look us up in the Charleston Arts Center and allow us to show you around and ask about your family…we are trying to save our history, too. Looking forward to meeting you.

  2. I would love to be a vendor again with my Team Lynyrd t-shirts. I am in Birmingham this all week, but I can get a check to whoever I need to when I get back. I would love to have the same spot as last year – would love this to be “my spot” every year so people would no where to find me. Thank you! – Lyn Hardy

  3. This festival is growing by leaps and bounds! It is so much fun; it is for the whole family–all ages; and it brings people together with music, food, competing and fine shopping!!! Join CARE and the Charleston community on Saturday, September 28, 2013 for a really big day!!!

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