The Walthall County Chamber of Commerce has advised that this year the Country Christmas Festival will be held on Friday, December 10, and the Craft Show will be held in the Agri-Heritage Building from 10am until 6pm on Railroad Avenue in Tylertown. The Country Christmas Festival Craft Show has been held annually there for around the last ten years. Prior to that, vendors set up in front of stores along the sidewalk and now many of the downtown shops place sale items on sidewalk tables in front of their stores. As part of the Country Christmas Festival, some of the downtown banks and stores have old-timey demonstrations and others offer refreshments to their customers that day. The Country Christmas Festival and Craft Show is part of the series of activities the Walthall County Chamber of Commerce sponsors each year called “Celebrating the Season”.
New this year is Floyd Netterville from Smithdale. Floyd has colorful indoor and outdoor metalwork. Velma Jean’s will have a food booth and is in the process of fine-tuning the selection and you can bet it will be outstanding. Ben Atwood of the Vintage Guitar Emporium is scheduling the entertainment. Danny Rast, from Columbus, MS, will be located outside the side entrance frying pork skins and selling them fresh or pre-packaged. Cindy Smith is coming from Florence, MS, and she’s bringing hundreds of repurposed bears and other stuffed animals outfitted with hand-crocheted accessories that will be sold for $5 each. Dane the Balloon Man will be on-site creating balloon toys. Vick Gulotta’s woodworking and other crafts will be on-hand and Megan Taylor will have wreaths, table pieces, and woodworking. Milton Kinler will bring needlepoint, handmade crafts, and woodwork. Shelia Graham will have Christmas embroidery and Melissa Stevenson will have clothing, jewelry and blankets. Mary Schilling will have paparazzi jewelry and Ashley Allen will have shirts, ornaments, decals, and signs. Clodine Ross is bringing her well-known New Orleans style baked goods.
Many of the classic favorites are returning. Ms. Dot Johnson will be back with her popular divinity and baked goods. Stan Todd will return with his amazing hand-thrown glazed pottery. Phillip Branch will have honey and Terry Reid will have jelly, jam and bread. Diane Turnage will have paintings, gift items, and woodworking and Margaret Dixon will have soap and pottery. Theola Smith’s booth will overflow with sewn gift items - aprons, throws, books, baby gifts, and more. Tim Rivers will be back with a massive selection of flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, and walkie talkies.
Nearly all of the inside spaces have been filled and once the remaining few are taken only outside spots will available. More info at www.walthallchamber.com