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Preparations under way for Cotton District Arts Festival


Special to The Dispatch



Organizers feel Starkville''s award-winning 2010 Cotton District Arts Festival of music, dance, art and eats April 17 is shaping up to be the best festival yet, with returning favorites and new additions.  


The festival will again host a wide variety of villages, musical entertainment, choral and theatrical performances and mouth-watering cuisine from local chefs. Admission is free, fun for the whole family. 


Attractions include the popular Greater Starkville Development Partnership''s Artisan''s Village, with outstanding pieces of work from art vendors, while the Junior Auxiliary Children''s Village will again provide a great way to spend the day with your children. 


The Kiwanis'' International Village will feature culture from foreign countries. The Starkville Bank Association and Mugshots'' Celtic Village will joyfully celebrate Irish, Scottish and Welsh heritage.  


Discover drama and literature in a whole new way with the Rotary''s Writer''s Village, while dog lovers and Mississippi State University fans can delight in the Pet Parade housed at Arby''s Canus Major Village. Feel free to enter your pets, dress them up and let them prance around for all to see.  


For athletes, the sanctioned Hilton Garden Inn 5K run is a great way to begin the festival. The Cotton District Arts Festival is proud to announce its newest addition, the Art Outdoors Workshops and Auction, as an exciting activity for local artists. 


In addition, the festival will once again host great rivalries from years past. Competitions are still going strong with the Poetry Slam, Student Art, Juried Art, Street Chalk Art and Taste of Starkville restaurant vendors. 


Music on four music stages -- Eclectic, CVB''s Main, TVA''s Rock, or MetroCast''s Local Stage -- will showcase state-wide and local musicians from sunup to sundown. 


The Starkville Area Arts Council is proud to present the festival and appreciates the support of the City of Starkville, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and the Mississippi Arts Commission.  


For more information, visit Applications for Juried Arts, Pet Parade, 5K Run, the Artisan''s Village and Taste of Starkville can be found there.  


For information about sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, contact the SAAC at 662-324-3080.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment pickle commented at 3/7/2010 1:48:00 PM:

This festival is consistently one of the best events put on in Starkville. I'm looking forward to another good one this year.


Article Comment WE LUV IT commented at 3/8/2010 9:19:00 AM:

I have a famly of five. We attend every year. The people are great the food is so good. We love the festival. One other thing my 9 year favorite thing is seeing the dogs all dressed up. Thank you GSDP and MAC for such a great event.


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