FAIRMONT — It started as an homage to small town’s booming tobacco crop. Now, the Fairmont Farmers Festival offers a parade, beach music, a barbecue cook-off and more.
First held in 1950, the Farmers Festival was Fairmont’s signature event before it faded out of town tradition. The event was revived in 1987 and has been held annually since then.
The 30th annual festival kicks off tonight with an invitation-only dinner with this year’s grand marshal, Michael Baker, who has been the athletic director at Fairmont High School since 1994.
Saturday is the main event, beginning with opening ceremonies at 9:40 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. Food vendors, arts and crafts and kids activities will be available throughout the day in Fairmont Community Park.
The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature 88 entries, including JROTC, elected officials, Shriners, classic cars, dancers, motorcycles, antique tractors and pageant queens.
There will be a horseshoe and corn hole tournament in the park at 1 p.m. The Coco Loco Party Band will play in the park from noon to 4 p.m.
The festival was originally set for Oct. 15 but had to be rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew.
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