By Sylvia Dickson
Think October: fall settling on the air…temperatures dropping…leaves turning gold, red, yellow and orange…marshmallow roasting and storytelling by the campfire…and French Camp Harvest Festival.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 is the date for the French Camp Harvest Festival
Activities kick off around 9:30 the Cain-Patterson Gymnasium. As you approach you can smell food cooking on the grill and voices of eager shoppers getting an early view of the auction items. Folks stop to visit while shopping for homemade items in the Country Store.
The auction bidding is fast and furious as one after another joins the fun. The proceeds from each handcrafted or home grown item, whether it’s a bushel of peanuts, a handcrafted porch swing, or a pieced quilt go to benefit the young people at French Camp Academy and community churches.
At noon, everyone takes a break for the dinner-on-the-grounds. You stand in one of the lines, make a generous donation in one of the boxes on the tables and heap your plate full of food. There is plenty to go around, supplied by French Camp Academy.
Activities in the Natchez Trace Historic District are in full swing, so you hop on the shuttle for a short ride from the gym. You saunter through the District, browsing in the shops and touring the restored cabins, homes and museum.
Delighted children perch atop horses for rides. Everyone is enjoying something: musicians playing, craftsmen working, and the old-fashioned sorghum mill. The Council House Café is serving up box lunches for those who missed the dinner-on-the-grounds—or just got hungry again.
Harvest Festival has grown from a local event to a gathering time for friends and families from across the United States and beyond. Become part of this tradition by joining with the many that gather for French Camp Harvest Festival every October.
Call (662) 547-6482 or visit the website www.frenchcamp.org for more information on the French Camp Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 12, 2013.