Now that it’s fall, it is time for Itta Bena’s 11th annual Octoberfest.

The festival will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature food, activities and music for all ages downtown in the park.

The festival is put together by  the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee and is funded by the Leflore County Board of Supervisors.

“It is also made possible by the support from the city,” said Victoria Perkins, president of the outreach committee.

Activities include a kids’ bike parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street, a hula hoop contest in the afternoon, face painting, a corn hole game, a bounce house and prizes throughout the day.

Additionally, kids will have their fall-themed pictures judged in the park for the annual banner contest.

Lastly, the annual senior cake walk takes the ... well, cake. “Everyone has a wonderful time with that,” said Ruthie Robinson, an outreach committee member.

“The crowd loves the cake walk and the live music,” said Perkins.

The Strat Singers from Schlater will perform gospel music in the morning.

Then at noon, Variety, a brother-and-sister R&B duo from Cleveland, will take the stage. “They are really good,” said Perkins.

DJ Bam Bam will provide music in between the sets.

In addition to music, politicians will have the opportunity to speak for no more than 10 minutes each from 11 a.m. to noon.

There are eight confirmed vendors for festival-goers to visit while enjoying the live music. They will sell hot dogs, nachos, fish, ribs, chicken, chili and more — “a little bit of everything,” said Perkins.

One of the most popular booths is likely to be manned by Jimmy Hibbler from Memphis, selling pork skins. “People ask all year, ‘When’s he coming back?’” said Perkins.

The festival continues to strengthen the bond between the Itta Bena community and Mississippi Valley State University. Student volunteers help set up tables, chairs and booths beforehand. They also get involved by running the face-painting station.

Formerly called “Home in the Woods,” Octoberfest carries on the rich community-building tradtion.

Vendors can purchase booths the day of the festival. Booths cost $35 or $45 each with electricity.

Contact Kyle Strobel at 581-7233 or kstrobel@gwcommonwealth.com.

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