Main Street Corinth wants locals to get out and have fun, while also staying safe.

The merchant association will host the Downtown Fall Festival – an autumn version of their pandemic canceled Downtown Throwdown normally held in March.

Main Street Director Angela Avent said the time just feels right.

“I think everyone is ready to get out and have fun,” she told the Daily Corinthian. “This event – while small – will provide that opportunity. We will of course practice social distancing and follow other CDC guidelines during the event.”

Returning for the Saturday, Oct. 24 event will be a spring favorite – the cornhole tournament, where a team can enter for $10. The festival begins at 11 a.m. at the CARE Honor Garden with cornhole registration kicking off one hour earlier at 10 a.m.

Other activities on the day include bouncy houses, slides, a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids, who are encouraged to dress-up in their best Halloween costumes.

Local farmer Jesse Potts will be on hand selling various types, colors and sizes of pumpkins and a pumpkin painting contest will be held.

Avent said downtown merchants will be open during the event and provide candy to those little ghouls and goblins who venture in with their parents.

Face masks are encouraged during the event.

“Those folks who arrive without a mask can pick up a complimentary one from Main Street,” said Avent.

Food concessions will be available.

The Fall Festival will begin several weeks of other fun activities Main Street has planned.

On the slate includes Christmas Open House on Nov. 5-8 when downtown merchants open their doors to provide a preview of holiday offerings.

Christmas decorations this year will include the Fillmore Street tree lights and downtown building lights. The Christmas tree will return to court square as well. The tree lighting will take place on Dec. 5 along with the Wassail Festival held inside a number of downtown merchants.

One holiday Main Street mainstay is getting cut due to the pandemic.

Celebrate Corinth will not take place in 2020.

Also on the possible chopping block is the annual Corinth/Alcorn County Christmas Parade.

Avent said “It’s just to early to know for sure on the parade. Hopefully we can have it as scheduled on Dec. 5, but if cases are high or a mandate is in place we might not be able to host it.”

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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