CARE is the official sponsor of the Gateway to the Delta Festival.
We are now in our 5th year of existence and are planning a full scale festival complete with arts 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.”
With the 4th annual Gateway to the Delta Festival now in the books, we can say that it was a great time! As always, a large group of people, many who traveled long distances, filled the Charleston, MS court-square to enjoy a full day of wonderful music, arts & crafts, food vendors, and much more.
The fun began on Friday night for grillers, who camped out to prepare their barbecue for the “Grillin’ with Scissors” barbecue contest. Festival day kicked off with our Healthy Delta 5k walk/run. Over 130 participants, of all ages, enjoyed the great views of Charleston during the race. Our community has really embraced this annual event. Each year, businesses and homeowners decorate their stores and yards for the festival. Charleston looked amazing!
There was plenty to do at the festival. Many unique items were for sale from over 60 arts & crafts vendors. Also, a great variety of food was available from our many different food vendors. The Kids Zone, as always, was a popular area, where kids enjoyed the many inflatables, rock-climbing wall, photo booth, and a petting zoo.
Inside the Charleston Arts Center, more activities were offered. A silent auction was held, consisting of donated items from individuals and businesses. The “My View of the Delta” photography contest was also displayed and judged, as well as the “Healthy Taste of the Delta” cooking contest.
As always, our music-lineup was the highlight of the festival. A variety of music, from blues to country was offered throughout the day. Tupelo native, Paul Thorn, headlined the festival, and helped us draw the largest night-time audience to date.
We are extremely pleased with the success of this year’s Gateway to the Delta Festival. If you missed it this year, we hope you will join us next year, on September 19, 2015!
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