This weekend will welcome the 24th annual Tupelo Honey Festival to be held on Saturday at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka.
More than 90 vendors selling everything from baked goods, to clothing, baby items and handcrafted gifts will join local Tupelo Honey farmers to celebrate the golden delicacy.
There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, pony rides and a mechanical bull. Live music for the event will be provided by local group Flabbergasted.
“We’re making it bigger every year,” said organizer Leigh Newsome. “It spreads through word of mouth and the Tupelo Honey Festival is something that the community looks forward to.”
During the festival, five $500 scholarships will be given away to local students, one of which is in memory of Ricky McMillion, who worked at city hall for many years.
Volunteers are still being sought to help at the event and Newsome said it’s a great opportunity for high school seniors to get community service hours.
As Newsome speeds toward the event, she said she’s also spent a fair amount of time looking at the history of the Tupelo Honey Festival. It began in 1941 with a parade and a pageant, two events which have happened sporadically over the years that Newsome hopes to resurrect in the future. She asked anyone with historical pictures or articles about past festivals to get in touch through the festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TupeloHoneyFestival.
“We hope that the community will come out and enjoy the family-friendly event,” said Newsome.
The event will be held on May 17 at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka starting at 9 a.m. CT.