The Fourth Annual Blacked-Eyed Pea Festival will cook up food, fun and fellowship on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the town off Highway 15, just south of the Chickasaw County line.
The festival is being sponsored by the Bank of Mantee who will host an open-house in its newly renovated offices.
“We are going to barricade off the street and just have a lot of fun,” said Marie Johnson, festival coordinator. “We are going to have vendors set up next to the bank. We’re going to have a cake walk, a black-eyed pea cooking contest and we’re going to set up a trailer and have entertainment throughout the day.”
The day starts with the Black-Eyed Pea 5K at 8 a.m. Runners can register the day of the race or pre-register by contacting Gabby Davis at 552-4229.
A car show will be held for antique, new and sports cars on the hill next to the fire station.
Johnson said lunch will be served at 11 a.m., with race winners, cooking contest winners and car show winner announced at that time.
“The Long Triplets from Eupora will sing and we’ve got a good variety of music set up to play,” said Johnson. “We will also have arts and crafts, quilts, fresh vegetables, face painting and sweet potatoes on sale.”
Johnson said booth spaces are still available and can be reserved by calling her at 552-2625.
“This is the perfect event for churches, businesses or civic clubs and organizations,” said Johnson. “We always have a good turnout and expect a good crowd.”
The Bank of Mantee will showcase their new drive-through window, 24-hour ATM and newly remodeled interior.
“The Bank of Mantee invites all friends and customers to come by for refreshments and entertainment,” said David Hill, bank president. “The Bank of Mantee is now a branch of the Bank of Okolona and Houston Banking Center is also an Okolona branch. It’s great to once again be a community bank that plays a big role in this community.”
Johnson said the day will wrap-up about 3 p.m.