Daylily Fest set Saturday
Gray’s Daylily Festival is coming early this year, with the festivities starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Main Street Gray Manager Haley Watson said the earlier date would allow for cooler weather and make it possible for Jones County Schools to be involved. That was not possible when the festival took place in June.
Watson said 70 vendors are already committed to the April 22 event and her phone is still ringing with more vendors who want to come.
The Daylily Festival will be in its usual location in the pecan orchard next to the former Gray Elementary at 273 Railroad Street. The hours of the festival are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The manager said the vendors include a variety of food, from the expected festival fare to gator on a stick, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, pork skins and specialty lemonades.
Food offerings begin with a pancake breakfast prepared and served by members of Jones County’s Station 8 Fire Department.
Other vendors include LulaRoe products, assorted arts and crafts, plants and flowers (including daylilies) and Committed Christian Outdoors.
Chap Nelson will be exhibiting his chainsaw carving skills, and the children’s sections will feature pony rides, waterslides and bounce houses.
Programs on stage begin at 9 a.m. with the Jones County High School Chorus, followed by Dames Ferry Elementary Cheer ensemble and chorus, Gray Elementary Jazzy Pups, chorus and spin masters, and the Turner Woods Elementary dance team.
Other attractions on stage include Ignite Martial Arts, Jones County Cloggers, ATA Martial Arts, Stacy Blanton Barreth, Southern Outlaws and Dusty McCook.
The Daylily Pageant winners will take the stage at 11:55 a.m.
A complete list of the entertainment times, vendors, and a map of where to find it all is included in a special section in this week’s edition.
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