Covington Co. prepares for 29th annual Okatoma Festival

Covington Co. prepares for 29th annual Okatoma Festival
Covington Co. prepares for 29th annual Okatoma Festival (Photo Source: WDAM)

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Residents in Covington County will have their hands busy next week. On Saturday May 5, the county will have its 29th annual Okatoma Festival in downtown Collins.

Marie Shoemake, Executive Director of the Covington County Chamber of Commerce, says people are in for a treat with almost 150 vendors, 2 stages for entertainemnt, a parade, healthcare fair, a 5k run and many other surprises.

"Our festival really kicks off at 9 o'clock with our entertainment, and all and then at 10:30 is our festival parade where our schools and our churches and all, they participate," Shoemake said.

Shoemake says the festival brings in hundreds of people each year building tourism in the county.

"Well, it's a community celebration and has a definite economic impact on our community because it brings in a lot of people from outside our community," Shoemake said.

She says the headlining performance and the grand marshall of the parade is recording artist and Covington County native Travis Clark.

He wrote a song called "Home Sweet home" and that's what we're using as the theme of the festival,"Shoemake said.

Shoemake says the event is a staple in the community that grows bigger and bigger each year.

"Next year will be 30 years. So, I've seen children grow up in this festival from when they were little and now they are helping to put it on because they are apart of it.

The festival kicks off Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and ends at 10 p.m.