COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - Organizers of the 26th annual Okatoma Festival are hoping to attract a wider audience this year with more arts and crafts vendors and more varied musical acts.
Marie Shoemake, executive director of the Covington County Chamber of Commerce, says she expects more than 200 vendors will sell their wares at the event, which will take place May 2 in downtown Collins.
Meanwhile, the headline musical act for this year will be Fairhope, Alabama country/rock artist Grayson Capps.
Organizers say a third live music stage has been added this year and they plan to have more than one dozen artists of different musical styles performing throughout the day.
"We'll have some local (musicians) but then, we're bringing in some outsiders, too," said Shoemake. "And so, it's going to be a fun day. People can rotate around the venue and hear music all day long," she said.
"We're also fortunate this year to have teamed up with Skeeter Hawk Records," said Harvey Lott, co-chairman of the festival. "Mark Mann & the Marked Men will be co-headlining, as well as Thomas Jackson and a new group, Cross Ties, they've put out a few records with Skeeter Hawk as well," he said.
Vendors interested in setting up shop at the festival can learn more about it by going to www.covingtonchamber.com.