Zonta Fest will celebrate 40 years in Pascagoula on Saturday. Here’s what to expect

The Zonta Fest, delayed by Hurricane Nate, will be Saturday.
The Zonta Fest, delayed by Hurricane Nate, will be Saturday. Sun Herald File

The annual Zonta Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year on Saturday in downtown Pascagoula.

The Zonta Festival was voted the best Pascagoula Festival in 2016. This year’s festival was postponed from its earlier date due to Hurricane Nate. The change means the event will not feature a classic car display this year, but Evelyn Draughn, past president and a charter member, said the festival will have a full lineup.

“We’re hoping for a good day,” Draughn said. “There will be lots of exhibitors. There are some who couldn’t make the new date, but we’ve added some new ones.”

Opening ceremonies for the festival will be at 8:45 a.m. on the stage at the library, located at Pascagoula Street and Delmas Avenue. The Bagpipers, Steve and CoCo Collins, will lead a parade down Delmas.

The festival will continue through 5 p.m. with events throughout downtown.

There will be 300 artists from the Southeast with handmade wares of paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, apparel and woodwork. This year’s award-winning Zonta artist is Teresa Thomas Casey of Gautier.

Live entertainment will be offered at the library stage starting at 9:30 a.m. The lineup includes Sweet Manna, Deuces Wild, Up Beat Line Dancers, Gary Bardwell, The Beach Combers, Andrew Lawson & The Mile Wide Bank and Cole Jones.

A food court with local cuisine will be located on Magnolia Street.

The library will hold its annual book sale during the event. Also, the Jackson County Genealogy & History Network will hold book signings and members dressed in period costumes will be available for photographs.

There will be lots of free activities for children and a festive atmosphere with clowns and Disney characters.

Parking will be offered at First Baptist Church where a free shuttle will run from the north parking lot.

Admission is free.