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Hernando A’Fair information released

Information about the annual Hernando Optimist Club’s A’Fair event has been released. The Hernando Optimists host the popular event every year on the third Saturday of May, which this year will be May 20. All of the activities will be held around the Hernando Courthouse Square. 

A’Fair is a “rain or shine” event.  There is no admission fee and parking is free.

Here is the list of activities planned for this year’s A’Fair: 

Laurie Wylie Memorial 5K Race – 7:30am

The A’Fair starts off at 7:30am with the Laurie L. Wylie Memorial 5K Race.  Registration is held on Center Street across from the Trustmark Bank parking lot. All proceeds go directly to the Laurie L. Wylie Education Fund.

Artist & Crafter Booths  9:00am – 5:00pm

Artists and crafters have booths in the parking area around the Hernando Courthouse and downtown Commerce Street to the Hernando City Hall.  In 2016, 220 vendors with handcrafted pottery, watercolor, oil painting, photography, sewn and embroidered items, woodcraft, ironcraft, jewelry, and everything in between attended.  Several vendors conduct demonstrations to show how their crafts are made.

Local Business   9:00am – 5:00pm

Local businesses & non-profits have booths advertising their services and wares.  Many offer free gifts to those stopping by and have drawings for gifts and services.  Additionally, the businesses on Commerce Street are open during the A’Fair and many have sales and specials during the event.

Kid’s Area  9:00am – 5:00pm

The kid’s zone is located on Commerce Street at City Hall.  To make it fun for families with children, many vendors offer sand art, face painting, hair braiding, etc.  Fun activities such as water walking balls are available for the young and the young at heart.

Food Vendors  9:00am – 5:00pm

Food vendors are located in front of the Hernando Courthouse Hwy 51 and on Panola Street on the south side of the courthouse.  Here you’ll typically enjoy a wide variety of choices including BBQ, corn dogs, burgers, home cooking, homemade ice cream, and other scrumptious dessert delights.  Tables and chairs are available.

Website: Hernando Optimist Club

A’Fair Questions:

For A’Fair VENDOR questions, please email Kathy White

For A’Fair RACE questions, please email Melinda McCarty

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