19th annual Ham Jam held in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Many festival dates were pushed back or canceled this year due to COVID-19. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Philadelphia was able to hold its 19th Annual Ham Jam Saturday.
Downtown Philadelphia had crowds by the number enjoying One of Mississippi’s biggest festivals.
“I think it shows the Resilience of everyone working together through difficult times. I’m thankful we can do it safely and have fun while doing it,” Philadelphia resident Benjamin Pace.
Many locals got their chance again to taste fair food, from funnel cakes to chicken on a stick to loaded nachos, and cotton candy.
“I’m excited to be here and see some people that I haven’t seen what feels like forever. I’m excited we can come together as a community,” said vendor Kate Bates.
The event had nearly 50 vendors set up their booths. A few vendors we spoke to said they are excited that Ham Jam wasn’t canceled this year.
“We disappointed when they canceled it back in March. Due to the virus, we couldn’t get out. We are glad that they were able to put it on so we can socialize with everyone,” said vendor Sylvia Ray.
“It’s good for the local economy. It’s good for those people that come from all over to be here. We’re glad to be part of it,” said vendor Kenny Bates.
“It’s good to give them the opportunity to showcase their work. Let people see what they have to offer and sell,” said Pace.
Ham Jam was unable to follow tradition this year of holding the event in April due to COVID-19.
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