Abbeville hosts 2014 Autumnfest

By Alex Gonzalez

The people of Abbeville , Mississippi, about 10 miles north of Oxford, did not let the rain damper their mood last Saturday.

As rain drenched the entire state, the small town in Northern Mississippi hosted its Autumnfest for the second straight year.

The townspeople  gathered in the  streets to celebrate the coming of fall with live music and great food. The festival kicked off at 9 a.m. when local vendors began to set up tables displaying their goods.

Local vendors setting up their displaysAll sorts of items were being sold during the day – from college-themed Tupperware containers to vintage jewelry.

Some families in the community also helped set up a huge garage sale. There were all sorts of clothes and trinkets from the past, like yo-yos and phone pagers.

Local restaurant owners also took part in the festival by setting up food trucks to feed the community nachos, funnel cakes, barbecue and ice cream. They had all the food that reminded you of those brisk fall days at the state fair.

“This is our first time here, and everybody has been so kind,” said Tupelo resident Sharon Powell, owner of Queen of Ice Cream, “plus, the kids loved our ice cream, so we will be sure to come back next year.”

People lining up at Queen of Ice Cream's truck

People lining up at Queen of Ice Cream’s truck

Local families also did their part selling baked goods and barbecue. The Gilliom family sold homemade tamales and beef empanadas that were a festival hit.

Another popular stand at the festival was the wooden wall art of Carrie Riley, a Tupelo native, who brought hand-carved items to the festival.

Some of Carrie Riley's wall art

Some of Carrie Riley’s wall art

All of Riley’s pieces had catchy slogans, but most were Ole Miss items.

“Everybody has been wanting Rebel stuff since that Alabama game,” Riley said.

Later on in the evening, local bands Fishers of Men and The Wilsons  hopped on stage and provided some great bluegrass tunes for all the people to hear.Local band The Wilsons jam out at Autumnfest

Local band The Wilsons jam out at Autumnfest

Although Autumnfest ended prematurely due to thunder storms in the forecast, the festival was still a success.

It allowed friends and family in the Abbeville area to socialize while indulging in fantastic food and music.

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