OppFest celebration is today

Published 1:14 am Saturday, October 26, 2013

The wait is over for those anticipating the annual OppFest.

The festival begins today at 8 a.m. in downtown Opp and should keep the town jumping until evening, according to Opp and Covington County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Emilee Gage.

“It usually starts winding down about 5 p.m.,” Gage said. “Businesses (in downtown) stay open a little longer, because it is a big day.”

Gage said she expects the day to go off without a hitch and for people take advantage of a nearly perfect fall day.

“I hope people have fun,” Gage said. “I hope they shop at the vendors, but I also hope the utilize our local businesses.”

Tommie Norris, vice chairman of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, said nearly 70 vendors are signed up for today’s festival, including both food and arts and crafts vendors.

In addition to the unique treats and craft items, music will be keeping folks entertained throughout the day. The Opp High School Marching Black and Gold band will kick the day off with an 8:30 a.m. performance. They will be followed by Hunter Linzy at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., the Ino Baptist Ensemble will perform, followed at 10:30 by Opp native Tori Reisnour. From 12:15 until 3:45, headliners Main Ingredient will play.

There will also be a car show held by L.A. Cruisers from 9 a.m. until noon, with awards presented to the winners around 3 p.m.