Jacinto’s annual Independence Day celebration is back this year with a full day of fun for all ages.
Jacinto Foundation Executive Director Charlette Bain Foster said she and the foundation’s board have been working hard to improve the grounds of the historic Jacinto Courthouse and put together a festival that will celebrate America with a big day of activities and excitement.
“I want it to be fun for every single person. We want people to bring their lawn chairs, hang out and have fun,” she said.
This year’s festival kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 3 on the grounds of the historic landmark which once served as the county seat for Old Tishomingo County which encompassed present-day Alcorn, Prentiss, and Tishomingo counties.
Foster said they have nearly 40 vendors already signed up including six food vendors and a huge variety of arts and crafts and much more.
There will be plenty of activities throughout the day including reenactors set up in a Civil War camp offering gun demonstrations and other demonstrations, a cannon firing demonstration held at the top of each hour, an inflatable bouncy house and slides for the kids, a petting zoo and pony rides and a touch a truck area with a fire truck, ambulance, police car, and power association truck kids can get up close with. National Guard recruiters will also be on hand offering information and demonstrations.
The director said they’ve also got several new contests planned including a watermelon eating contest, a corn on the cob eating contest, a whittling contest, and more.
The festival has long been recognized as Mississippi’s second-largest annual political speaking and while it’s an off year for state and local elections, Foster said they expect to have plenty of local and state politicians speaking this year. There will also be live music on stage between speakers.
Another new event this year is the Jeep parade at 2 p.m. with an area Jeep enthusiast club showing off their vehicles in the parade and then putting them on display.
Foster said a lot of work has been done in recent months on the grounds of the courthouse. The courthouse will be open for tours all day and the general store and museum will also be open with the general store offering sweet treats including soft-serve ice cream.
She said it will be a perfect day for people to come out and enjoy the courthouse, courthouse grounds, and the park. They’re excited for the community to see all that’s going on at the site as they work to preserve and improve it for the people of the area.
The director said they also want to welcome any students or school groups who need community service hours to come out and help with the setup and cleanup of the festival.
Foster said she’s extremely grateful to the support of the community and the hard work of the foundation board, which includes Dale Fortenberry, John R Ross, Walter Williams, Robert Stacy and Gary Harden. They’ve also had strong support from Second District Supervisor James Voyles and from the Jacinto Volunteer Fire Department in improving the site and preparing for the festival.
For more information or to learn how to get involved with the festival call Foster at 662-415-2815.