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Tallahatchie Riverfest kicks off Friday

NEW ALBANY, Miss. – The family friendly Tallahatchie Riverfest starts up Friday night and lasts through Saturday the 8th in New Albany. 

The festival is filled with music, artistic attractions, and activities for the entire family.

“We’ve got the arts market,” said Johnson. “We’ve got over 100 vendors…people come from all over.”

The Arts Festival and Markets will be set up all throughout the Historic Downtown of New Albany. Near the bank of the river you’ll see artists, craftsmen, writers, and other musicians set up to entertain you with their skills.

There’s another event that is unique, but it’s a Riverfest hit.

“We have the rubber duck regata,” said Johnson. “They’re going to dumping.. several thousand ducks in the river.”

The ducks “race” to a certain point before they’re collected from the water. Most of the toy ducks go back to the city, but a few manage to get lost in the excitement, or possibly as souvenirs.

“We can reuse them,” said Johnson. “But we do have to replace a few each year.”

One of the main attractions of the festival is the music, always bringing a bigger and better lineup.

This year on Friday night festival goers can hear from Paul Tate Electric Trio, Paul Rainey Band, and The Eisenhower Band with Bobby Rush all starting at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday the Mississippi Stomp is starting off the musical selection at 5:00 p.m., followed by Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, Kevin Sekhani, and closing the festival out is Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder.

And last but not least, if you’re looking to bring the kids, there’s activities for the whole family. Art stations will be set up throughout the festival offering rock painting, origami, a photography scavenger hunt, splatter paint, and jewelry making.

Don’t forget to enter your family pet in the Dress Your Pet Contest. Throw on that best pet costume for Fido to have a chance to win.

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