Hernando town square set for weekend festival

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - The town square in Hernando is the centerpiece of this normally quiet community, but Friday it will be the showcase for the sixth annual Hernando Music and Heritage Festival.

While the music is a major attraction, organizers say there will be something for everyone.

"BBQ contest, children's activities, 5k run. Just a whole variety of things. It really is something for everyone out here," Brian Goff of the Main Street Chamber of Commerce said.

Speaking of BBQ, there will 15 teams competing for trophies in various categories. Michael Hawks and his team, the Dancing Pigs, have won the best beef category for the past three years. Hawks said this event is all about having a great time.

"The community comes together. You see all your friends. We're up here on the courthouse square enjoying beautiful weather, food, fun, and friends," Hawks said.

The event has grown in popularity and size each year. In 2002, the first year, it drew about 3,500 people. Last year, over 15,000 people attended.

Goff thinks the popularity of the festival has a lot to do with where it is held.

"The centerpiece of Hernando is our square. I mean that's the absolute epicenter of everything that happens in this community, and it makes an ideal location for this type of event," Goff said.

The festivities began at 6:00 Friday night and ticket prices are $15.00.

Featured performers will include Garrison Star, Dr. Zar and the Amazing Funk Monster, and country star Keith Anderson.

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