Mullberry Festival draws large crowd despite rain

By Terry Harpole

MATHISTON — On Oct. 31, which began as a slow rain and then turned into a heavy downpour, the spirits of many people never got low at the Mulberry Festival.

This festival is a project of the Civic League of Mathiston. As in the past when it sponsored the Muscadine Festival and many other events, the festival brought many people into town. These included around 80 vendors, some of whom were local and others from places such as Olive Branch, Derma and other places.

On this day, a person wanting to shop and enjoy the day could find snacks to enjoy and many other things, such as woodcarvings done by a couple, from Derma in Calhoun County.

TERRY HARPOLE Mathiston Civic League members Janie Carroll and Pattie Christopher at the registration table

TERRY HARPOLE
Mathiston Civic League members Janie Carroll and Pattie Christopher at the registration table

I was happy to know they had decided to call this day the Mullberry Festival, as I was not familiar with mullberries until I Googled “mulberry” and read and saw some beautiful fruits.

Earlier in the day, some vendors started packing when the rain got harder, but many stayed on. One of the musical entertainers stayed on to sing and play for the people, who were enjoying his performance.

That entertainer happened to be Garrett Oswalt, son of Redale and Christy Oswalt of the Center community near Eupora, who is an agriculture major at Mississippi State University. Many people think if he decides to make music his life, he will be a success.

Garrett Oswalt sings in the pavilion.

Garrett Oswalt sings in the pavilion.

After attending the Mathiston Mullberry Festival on a rainy Saturday, many people wondered how much larger the crowd would have been if it had not rained.

We want to congratulate the Mathiston Civic League and the people of Mathiston for bringing us such days as this.