The mercury will rise, the Chucalissa Indians will dance and festival food will tempt visitors as Jacinto gets its annual moment in the spotlight.
This Independence Day, however, the mood will be a little more relaxed thanks to the election calendar. It is one of the “off” years with not a single race of any kind coming up at the polls later this year.
“On the off political years, there is not the intensity,” said Beth Whitehurst, executive director of the Jacinto Foundation. “The crowd is more laid back.”
The second-largest political speaking event in Mississippi will not be without some stumping in the shadow of the historic courthouse on a stage before a crowd seated in lawn chairs. As of Friday afternoon, those who have confirmed their plans to attend include U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi legislators Rep. Nick Bain and Sen. Rita Potts Parks, and Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin. Others are expected to join the list.
Chancery Clerk Bobby Marolt will make the introductions as the speaking begins around noon.
The grounds of the 1854 courthouse will be filled with the booths of artisans and craftsmen.
“It ranges from handmade items to flea market finds. It’s a great variety,” said Whitehurst.
The Chucalissa Indians will perform traditional dances in ceremonial costume and sell their beadwork.
Food and cold drinks will be available from vendors, and the country store offers ice cream. The store also features the museum, which has recently been given more prominence with exhibits of old farm tools, medical equipment and life in the once thriving county seat.
Activities for children will include inflatable bouncers.
The weather forecast is calling for a relatively mild July day of 88 with a slight chance of a shower.
For festival inquiries, contact Whitehurst at 286-8662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.