Local churches, civic clubs and non-profit groups are being urged to get a booth and use the annual event as an opportunity to raise funds for their organization.
“We have been careful through the years not to just throw it open to anybody, because we don’t want it to become something commercial,” said Mary Smith, vendor coordinator for the Homecoming 2013 Planning Committee. “We offer the booths for free but we do have some guidelines we ask people to follow.”
At the top of the list is booths that sell anything must benefit schools or non-profit organization. Homecoming is a family-oriented event and vendors are not allowed to sell certain items. Booths must also register with the Homecoming committee.
Smith said booths are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and she urged people not to wait until the last minute.
“We have people who have been coming for years and we like to put to put food booths together in the same place,” said Smith. “Homecoming is something very special to Houston and we like to keep it nice and neat.”
Groups or organizations wanting a booth at homecoming are asked to call Smith at 456-3382.
As always there will be something for everyone at this year’s Houston Homecoming celebration as a well-rounded mix of music has been scheduled for the afternoon event.
Those attending the annual downtown event on the Courthouse Square will not only get the traditional food, fun and fireworks, they will hear gospel, country, jazz and solo acts.
Acts slated for this summer’s event are:
- TIM WARREN BAND. This group will be the feature act and brings together local talent and national musicians. Billed as a country act, the band has more of a mellow Nashville sound with several more modern numbers.
- GREG DILLARD. This solo act has a voice that is recognized across Northeast Mississippi. Dillard will entertain the crowd with a number of local favorites.
- ONE WAY. This gospel quartet has developed a local name for itself having brought their ministry and performed at several local churches. One Way was a crowd favorite at this spring’s Flywheel Festival.
- THE OVER-THE-HILL JAZZ BAND. Made up of Houston talent, this group of older gentlemen sings with a gusto enjoyed by the young and the young-at-heart. The group plays traditional jazz, swing and those sweet tunes enjoyed by all generations. The band made its first local appearance in years at this spring’s Flywheel Festival to rave reviews.
And while the tradition and fun of Homecoming won’t change, other details of the giant block party will.
Fireworks will be shot from a vacant lot northeast of the square and the location will be roped off for safety.
Committee chairmen have already started soliciting donations for this year’s event.
The Houston Homecoming Committee has announced the following schedule of events for this year’s celebration.
- 4:45 p.m.- Veteran and Children’s Parade.
- 5 p.m. – Vendors open booths.
- 5 p.m. – Entertainment begins.
- 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks.
- 10 p.m. – Event closes.
For more information about Houston Homecoming 2013 call the Chickasaw Development Foundation at 456-2321.