As people shop at the Farmer's Market at Singing Brakeman Park on Thursday, they get only a sample of what Earth's Bounty Festival will be like on Saturday. Entering it's second month, the Festival is already seeing explosive growth.
Willie Davidson, Jr. with Meridian Main Street describes the growth of the Festival. "We currently have more vendors than we had last month. I think until we got up to the date of the first festival, we probably had about 15 vendors that were already signed up. Currently, we already have 25."
That is nearly double the amount of vendors from just a month ago. Davidson tells us that the crowds and venue opportunity is what is attracting new vendors. "Just the crowd that it draws and the venue that allows them to sell their product, cause a lot of them, that's their whole thing, they need somewhere to sell these special items that they do, because you just can't sell them anywhere, so this gives them that venue to do that."
The Earth's Bounty is not only great for the different vendors to showcase what they have to offer, but it's also great for the economic development for downtown Meridian.
"Oh yes, I'm going to be prepared for it. I'm going to have enough tomatoes. At the last one they had, I ran out in about one hour. I'm not going to run out in one hour this time. I'm going to have more tomatoes," Jacob Pelcher, a local farmer and vendor, vows.
Davidson adds, "it creates a great interaction in the downtown area, and as we know, downtown is the center of any major city."
The Festival is free to attend. It will be held from 8am to 3pm at Singing Brakeman Park in downtown Meridian.