Copper Magnolia Festival brings food, fun and crowds

Published 11:55 pm Saturday, September 15, 2007

NATCHEZ — Visitors flocked to the Copper Magnolia Festival Saturday to enjoy crafts and fun, but most of all, the weather.

Natchez resident Gregg Waldrep brought his two children, ages 9 and 7, to the festival at Historic Jefferson College.

“It’s a nice day to be outside, not sitting inside watching TV,” Waldrep said. “The kids get to play. We pretty much come to every event here if we’re able to.”

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The festival’s 26th year brought sunshine and mild temperatures, a stroke of luck, Jefferson College Director Cheryl Munyer said.

“Last year we had rain,” Munyer said. “This year we have such perfect weather. We’ve had a great turnout. I’m very pleased.”

The Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a bake sale and cakewalk, and the Adams County Master Gardeners hosted a lecture and workshops.

A cross between an arts-and-crafts show and flea market, the festival offered plants and face painting, too. A band played while visitors browsed.

Roughly 50 vendors, selling everything from hats to honey, kept shoppers busy.

For Morgantown brothers Larkin, 14, and Braxton Jackson, 11, the festival was an opportunity to sell their homegrown honey.

The two have had a hive for roughly a year. They alone are responsible for keeping the bees, they said.

“We were trying to do something different,” Larkin Jackson said. “I didn’t want to work at McDonalds.”

By late morning, the boys had sold nearly 20 quarts.

Natchez resident Charlene McGivaren and her husband, Tim, visited the festival to get out of the house, Charlene said.

“The weather is so pretty,” she said.