Prairie Arts Festival at West Point, MS Don’t Miss It!

September 21, 2012 · 0 comments

in Excursions and Day Triips

Greetings again friends, this is Bill Taylor writing about a road trip we enjoyed. We recently attended the Prairie Arts Festival at West Point, MS. This was my first visit to this event which is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day.

Prairie Arts Festival West Point, MS Main Street West Point, MS

The festival is held in West Point’s downtown area. It opens to visitors from 9AM until 5 PM and huge crowds attend.  The festival includes Fine Arts, Crafts, down-home southern cooking, four stages of live music, Classic Cars, Kidsville, and much more, the Prairie Arts Festival features more than 600 exhibits.

The festival fills downtown streets and sprawls into Sportsman’s Park and Marshall Park. It is one of the top ten festivals in the south and among the top 100 in the nation. In peak times, you can hardly walk for the huge crowds that come.

The festival hosts four performance stages which feature live music. The music ranges from country to gospel, bluegrass and rock and rhythm and blues.

Most of the vendors and musicians come from nearby towns in central Mississippi and offer goods from arts, to crafts and antiques. Prices we checked out were reasonable and affordable. We enjoyed conversations with vendors. They didn’t seem to be hurried. even when someone else was waiting in line.

Prairie Arts Festival has overflow crowds Marshall Park Overflow

The only downside to this event, is that it is usually very hot and humid. 2012 was no exception to the heat and humidity rule. You could break a sweat without even thinking about walking around. Fortunately, at this time of year you are accustomed to hot weather … especially if you live in Mississippi.

We took two of our granddaughters with us this time and they loved the festival. They managed to find some hand made jewelry and loved the chicken on a stick, cotton candy and huge cold slurpy soft drinks. I have to say, the prices were more reasonable than some I have seen at other festivals we attend.

The food was good and there was a wide variety. West Point has long been a breeding pen for Smoke Cooker food. Several locals have built a great business cooking pork shoulders, brisket, ribs and steaks. So when you come to West Point, look around and you’ll see smoke boiling from empty lots. Pull in and get a bite of heaven. West Point is not a melting pot it’s a smoke cooker.

West Point, MS is home to Howlin Wolf West Point, MS Home of Howlin Wolf

Many of the all time great Blues Musicians had their roots in Mississippi. Famous Blues Singer Howlin Wolf was born near West Point, MS and often visited here and played music in this area during his storied career.

One of our all time favorite steaks is served up at Anthony’s Market on Main Street. The seafood here is as good as you can buy in any coastal town.

If I’ve made you hungry for some Bar B Q, you don’t have to wait for a festival. There’s plenty to do in this little town. This is the home of Mossy Oak Outlets. Hunters and fishermen come here from all over to fill their tackle boxes and gear-up for the hunt.

West Point is a beautiful city and one of the strongest cities in North Mississippi. The area is called the Golden Triangle, which includes Columbus, MS, Starkville, MS, and West Point, MS. Nearby West Point is the Golden Triangle Regional Airport which has daily flights to Memphis, TN and Atlanta, GA. There is a strong industrial/high tech manufacturing industry in and around West Point.

West Point is Home to Mossy Oak Mossy Oak Outlet Store – West Point, MS

Hunters everywhere are familiar with Mossy Oak Camouflage hunters clothing. Mossy Oak Headquarters is right here in West Point, MS. Their large  camouflage colored building is located on US Hwy45 on the southwest side of town. Their hunting gear is sold all over the world from their location right here in the center of the universe … West Point, MS.

Golfers, famous and infamous, come to West Point to play at the world famous Old Waverly Golf Club. Built around an antebellum home just outside of town, this golf course and country club restaurant satisfies the most discerning tastes.

Golfers come to stay and play. There are several restaurants and dining areas as well as rooms, villas and condos for lodging. Families and individual players find great accommodations at Old Waverly.

Shuttle Train at Prairie Arts Festival Shuttle Train at Prairie Arts Festival

By the time we had walked all around the festival, we were a little thirsty, tired. My feet made me sing a song The Duke of Pacucah used to sing on the Grand Ole Opry … “Take Me To The Wagon, boys … These shoes are Killin’ Me.” Just then I looked up and a brightly colored miracle stopped just about 15 feet from where I was standing. It was the Shuttle Tram that carries the feeble and faint to their cars. We climbed aboard.

Wherever you live, there is a fall festival which takes place near you. The festivals that are nearby make excellent day trips. During the course of the year there are several dozen festivals which take place within 100 miles of our town in central Mississippi. I venture that there will be as many near where you live. If you want to see how festivals are  done right … then come visit The Prairie Arts Festival at West Point, MS the Saturday before Labor Day.

That is a blatant plug for which I receive no compensation other than the good feeling of telling the honest truth.

Y’all keep driving now, we’re planning another road trip. We don’t count the miles we count the smiles.

We’ll see you again soon if the Good Lord is willing.

Bill Taylor –

Chief enthusiast for road trips!

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