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27th annual Mississippi Pecan Festival underway in Richton

Folks from the Pine Belt and other areas enjoyed the first day of the annual Mississippi Pecan Festival Friday. Folks from the Pine Belt and other areas enjoyed the first day of the annual Mississippi Pecan Festival Friday.
RICHTON, MS (WDAM) -

If you want some old-fashioned family fun and if the weather cooperates this weekend, you might consider a drive to Richton for the annual Mississippi Pecan Festival. It's dozens of acres of food, music and arts and crafts, with an emphasis on pioneer culture and 19th century farm technology.  

For almost a generation, the Fulmer family has hosted the event, complete with mule pulls, fiddling contests and demonstrations of antique farm equipment.

The festival opened Friday and will run through Sunday.

"It's been going on for 27 years here in the pecan orchard, which is around 40 acres," said Debbie Matthews, an assistant with the festival. "And we have all sorts of arts and crafts, about 200 booths this year," she said.

"I love it, it's great," said Pete Loper, an Alabama musician who performed at the event Friday. "It's a pleasure to see all these people out here today. It looks good. A lot of booths, a lot of concessions," he said.

"It's wonderful, wonderful, lots of great people, lots of fun for the kids to come out, lots of things to do all day long," said Cindy Brinkman, a vendor from Mobile, Alabama.

Gates open Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.   

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