Ag Days will offer a variety of entertainment Saturday

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The sixth Annual Ag Days Festival is coming to the Triangle Cultural Center in Yazoo City on Saturday, Oct. 20, and will feature a variety of exciting activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Phyllis Haynes, Ag Days coordinator, said the event formerly known as "Antique Days," celebrates the agricultural history of Yazoo County and showcases a variety of local craftsmen and handmade goods.

"This year's event is going to be really good," said Haynes. "The event is free to the public.  There is no admission fee, and visitors are free to park on Main Street or anywhere near the Triangle."

This year's festival features a lineup of musical entertainment.

The Bentonia Gibbs Elementary Show Choir will open the festival with a performance at 9 a.m.  Next, the Yazoo County High School Jazz Band, led by Director Kimble Funchess, will perform at 10 a.m.  After that, a group of local children will sing along to a few Elvis recordings while dressed in Hawaiian Luau attire, before introducing special music guest, and Elvis Impersonator, Tim Johnson, at 1 p.m.  Local artist Aaron "Babybell" Bell will end the musical series with a two hour performance of his best tunes, ranging in genres from blues to rock, and jazz and funk.

Visitors to the festival will enjoy demonstrations from Mississippi craftsmen, as well as shop for hand-made items in the vendor booths.

Chainsaw art demonstrations will be hosted by the collective group "Artistry in Wood" out of Rolling Fork.

There will also be a vendor demonstrating the art of making Leather goods for the public to see, as well as a full-size grist mill, demonstrating how cornmeal is made

Other vendors selling Mississippi made crafts and homemade products include handmade jewelry by Jenna Grace Designs, sewing items by Southern Needle, hand-crafted jars of honey from Kip Isonhood and the Yazoo Honey and Bee Farm, handmade chairs, benches, and other furniture from Greg Harkins, pottery figurines from Serenity Clay Studios, and JayBird Banjos will also be present to play, sing and sell hand-made instruments.

Other vendors will also be selling fall and Christmas wreaths, handmade knives, crochet and embroidery, goat's milk soap, and Choctaw Indian arts and crafts made at the Choctaw Indian Reservation in Philadelphia.

Dr. Will Thompson will be making and selling his award-winning Kibbee recipe, and Kristopher's Sea Food will be present at the festival selling a variety of dishes from the local restaurant.

The Witch of Yazoo and friends will also make a special appearance at the local festival to share the history of the town, and a Tour of Glenwood Cemetery will take place at 10:00 a.m.

AG Days will have several activities for local children to enjoy, such as a Pumpkin Painting Tent led by members of the Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City, and even a Petting Zoo donated by C Bar 5 Farm.

If weather permits, there will be a Tractor Show, featuring a variety of antique tractors used over time in the history of the agricultural industry in Yazoo County.

In the event of rain, Haynes said that tents will be available for visitors to sit under to enjoy the musical entertainment and that vendors would be moved inside the Triangle Cultural Center Building.

Haynes said that the event would not have been possible if not for the help of Lois Russell, Director of the Triangle Cultural Center, and other volunteers from local organizations such as the Yazoo City Lions Club and the Junior Auxiliary.

For more information about AG Days, or to get involved, call 662-590-5415.