West Point to put out welcome mat

WEST POINT – If you’re staying close to home on Labor Day weekend, you’ll be welcome in West Point.
The 32nd Prairie Arts Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown West Point.
“It’s a way to have a lot of fun locally without having to travel too far,” said Martha Allen, director of community development and Main Street for the Growth Alliance.
Events will include a 5K run and a car show. During the day, there will be four stages featuring a variety of music.
“We have probably quadrupled our children’s area,” said Allen, adding there will be a dunking booth, a cupcake walk and an inflatable bouncing booths. “We also have the Prairie Arts Festival train. It has six or eight cars on it and the kids can ride around.”
Arts and crafts vendors will sell their wares, including pottery, jewelry and hand-blown glass.
Artists will compete for a portion of $5,500 in prizes, and an air-conditioned antique mall will be open throughout the day.
“Our food court is going to be different this year,” Allen said. “We’ll have a lot of our local restaurants here. You can have a taste of what West Point has to offer all year long.”
If you want to avoid downtown traffic, shuttles will carry passengers from the Mossy Oak Outdoor Outlet to downtown. There also will be shuttle service from downtown grocery stores.
“It might look crowded, but we’ll get you there,” Allen said.
If you’re planning to travel to Mississippi State’s game against Memphis, Allen invited you to leave early and do some of your tailgating at the festival.
“We have a full day of food, fun, arts and crafts and more,” Allen said. “There’s going to be something for everyone.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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