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Celebration of heritage

The County Line Dancers are scheduled to be among the entertainers at this year's Iuka Heritage Festival.

By L.A. Story lastory@dailycorinthian.com

IUKA -- The city's popular annual festival will be back on its traditional weekend this year.

The Iuka Sonic Drive-In will present the 31st Annual Iuka Heritage Festival this Labor Day Weekend on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1. at Iuka's Mineral Springs Park.

The event was displaced last year due to remnants of Hurricane Harvey sweeping through the area at the time of the festival. The hurricane was the storm which devastated areas of southeastern Texas with catastrophic flooding.

However, this year the festival is back on track and Festival Secretary and Treasurer Sandra Medlin said she is excited about this year's event.

"I just think this year's festival is going to be great," said Medlin.

She added that, along with inflatables, the The Shriner group's Rizpah Railroad Transport Train will return this year.

"Everyone loves to ride the Shriner train," she said.

The Iuka Heritage Festival draws a large crowd each year. It began in 1987 as a one day event. Iuka is proud of its diverse heritage including Indian heritage, Civil War Battle of Iuka, a railroad town, and their world famous Mineral Springs.

In the years since the festival's beginning, it has evolved into a weekend event celebrated over Labor Day Weekend. It is the highlight of their "end of summer" celebrations. They are host to thousands of visitors who come to celebrate with them every year.

There is a large number of vendors each year who sell everything from handmade jewelry, clothing and crafts to food.

There will be drawings for prizes hourly throughout the day Saturday as Medlin said many area businesses have donated items for prizes. Winners throughout the day will have their tickets dropped in the hat for the Grand Prize. After the last band plays Saturday evening, there will be a big drawing for a $500 cash prize.

While one does not have to be present for the Grand Prize, one does have to be present to win the hourly prizes.

Tickets for the drawing can be purchased now from any festival committee member. Tickets are $1 each for six for $5. At the festival, attendees can purchase tickets for the drawings at the Iuka Heritage Festival Committee Welcome Center tent located at the Mineral Springs Park entrance.

Medlin said the entertainment lineup is coming together and stay tuned for the announcement of the entertainment schedule.

(For more information, or to purchase tickets for the drawing, contact Sandra Medlin at 662-423-8638 or Martha Biggs at 662-423-8421.)