Hundreds turn out for McKenzie’s Sweet Tea Fest

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ENJOYING THE DAY – Charlotte Jones (seated) of McKenzie was out enjoying the day and a glass of sweet tea on Saturday along with her daughter, Elizabeth Lott (standing).

There was lots to do and see and hear – and, of course, plenty of cold, southern-style sweet tea to drink – during this year’s Sweet Tea & Southern Pickin’s Festival Friday and Saturday in downtown McKenzie.

PACKED OUT PARK – Hundreds turned out on Saturday to check out all the venders and booths packed into McKenzie’s downtown park.

The downtown park was packed out with dozens of venders selling a wide variety of wares, arts and crafts booths, and treats of all kinds to eat and drink, and there were still more venders, treats, and attractions at the McKenzie Farmers Market, the Merchants Outlet Mall, the McKenzie Antique Mall, and other locations in the downtown area.

“We are very excited about how today went,” said McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland on Saturday.

TEA FROM THE MAYOR – McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland hands a cup of sweet tea to local resident Prudencio Becerra on Saturday at the Farmers Market.
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Holland was out at the Farmers Market Saturday morning serving free tea and greeting the public. The mayor said that over 400 people had come through the market before noon.

And this year’s festival was loaded with top notch musical entertainment with performances by Noah Smyth, Tera Townsend, Chris McGuigan, the TOM band, Flashback, and Hog Slog String Band.

Marty Marbry served as guest speaker during the festival luncheon on Saturday, speaking about the joys and pitfalls of starting and running a booth business.

McKenzie resident Angela Brooks won the Biggest Sunflower Contest.

RED CART RIDERS – (From left) Zurrie Banuelos, 3, and one-year-old Maggie Mullins enjoy Saturday’s festivities from inside their little red cart as Maggie’s father, Deaton Mullins (not pictured), pulls them along through downtown McKenzie.