Sunflower County will be in a festive spirit on Saturday, with the Indian Bayou Arts & Eats Festival in Indianola and the Great Ruleville Roast in Ruleville.
For Indian Bayou, there are several new vendors and returning artists from across the state.
R.P. Funderbunk from Olive Branch does bird houses, Massey Place from Tishomingo has wooden signs, Hinkle Creek Pottery from Corinth has lovely pottery with Pie Plates and mugs, Paul Barnes from Vicksburg has clocks and ice chests, Bea Carson brings Choctaw crafts, Joey Young from Clarksdale has pottery and paintings, Charles Chapin from Greenwood does blues paintings and portraits, Maurice Smith from Brookhaven has beautiful hand turned wooden bowls and cutting boards, Valerie Hammer from Carrollton does copper and silver jewelry, Kim Hunt is a photographer and has his prints on T-shirts and hats, Kyle and Leslie Nichols from Raleigh do jewelry and guitars, Jessica Byrd from Sunflower has paintings, Michele Gentry Wilson has photographs and her daughter Erin's CDs, Andrea Atchley Rives is bringing her fiber art, Michelle Sills is bringing baby blankets, Demetria Jones has pillows and clothes and there are so many more wonderful booths to shop.
Memaw's Cheese Straws and The Grumpy Man Salsa are exhibiting as well as many local cooks with their artisan foods.
Visitors will find Lemon Cakes from Callie Davis, Cinnamon Rolls from Susan Spencer, Kool-Aid Pickles from Tasha Gardner, pralines of all kinds from Felicia Kimbrough, and Petal Pushers will be on hand with their delivery truck Myrtle.
There will also be lunch on the festival grounds to enjoy while listening to the live music that will be playing all day.
Gary Lott will be serving as well as Motton's Rib Hut from Greenville and Big Papa's Hot Tamales.
Be sure to get a beignet from the Friends of the Library and enjoy food all over the festival.
The Delta Dog Show will be at 10 a.m.
At 10:30, bring the entries for the Pecan Competition to the Museum - Pies, Appetizers and Kids Cookies.
At 11 a.m., Food Talks begin in the Museum with People's Choice Tasting. Ann Hollowell - The Cooking Lady is cooking pecans in various ways in a live demonstration! Claiborne Barnwell will be doing Food Talks.
At 1 p.m., Delta Blaze Elite, the gymnastics group will be performing in the Children's area
At 2 p.m., Pecan Competition Winners will be announced on the main stage.
Children can paint their own pumpkins again this year and local churches will be doing crafts with the kids all day.
The B.B. King Museum will be helping the kids create their own Lucille Guitar and the Indianola Fire Dept. will have fire safety information fun, a fire truck and Sparky for great photo ops!
The Festivals are free to attend, with live music and great shopping.
Be sure to stop by the Indianola Chamber/Main Street tent to hear about the new shop local campaign - I Shop Nola!