Lumberton Olde Tyme Festival is Oct. 19

By HASKEL BURNS,

There’ll be no shortage of entertainment and activities at this year’s Lumberton Olde Tyme Festival, scheduled for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19 in downtown Lumberton.

The annual event, hosted by the Lumberton Economic Development Council, will feature live music, a pie eating contest, food vendors, kids’ activities and much more.

“Our festival is to help boost the economy and help strengthen the sense of community,” event chair Carla High said. “It helps reinforce the identity of our little small town and makes it unique, and it helps bring pride in our residents.”

A kids’ costume contest will be held for children 12 years and younger, with pre-registration at BancorpSouth Bank for $5. Registration also will be accepted from 9 -10:20 a.m. at the Festival Welcome Booth, and contest judging starts at 10:30 a.m. with first, second and third-place prizes awarded.

Plenty of food vendors will be available, along with a kids zone with a jump house.

“There’s going to be snow-cones, kettle corn, barbeque, and a lot more food,” High said. “There’ll be arts and crafts, wood crafts, clothing, Mary Kay – we’re going to have a little bit of everything.

“We’ll have an obstacle course with a jumping area, and (the kids) will have things to go through, and a dunking booth.”

Music will begin with gospel/Christian band New Day New Way, who will perform from 9-10 a.m., followed by the OLPH Dancers from 10-10:30 a.m. New Day New Way will come on again from 11 a.m.-noon, and jazz performer Zac Koch will play from noon-2 p.m.

American Idol finalist Michael Simeon, a Lumberton native, will entertain the crowd from 2-4 p.m.

Guests can also look forward to a pumpkin contest, a pie-baking contest, and demonstrations, rain or shine. For information on how to enter a contest, call (601) 769-4212 or email info.ledc.ms@gmail.com.

Although the festival took place as LumberFest for several years, this year marks only the fourth year it has been under the banner of the Lumberton Olde Tyme Festival.

“We do (usually get a good turnout),” High said. “Last year we had over 50 booths, and lots of people come from different areas. This year, we’re looking at about that many or more.”