Bad weather forces early end to 30th Okatoma Fest

Bad weather forces early end to 30th Okatoma Fest

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - Saturday’s bad weather brought an early end to Covington County’s 30th annual Okatoma Festival.

Organizers said lightning and heavy rain forced most musical acts to cancel, including headliners “Smithfield.”

Most arts and crafts vendors left early, but some food vendors stayed until the afternoon.

“The crowd showed up this morning and we had entertainment until about noon,” said Marie Shoemake, executive director of the Covington County Chamber of Commerce. “Jones College put on an outstanding performance and we had some other bands, but they just can’t play in the rain and we do understand that.”

Shoemake said it’s the first time that bad weather has forced the headline act to cancel.

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