The Tallahatchie RiverFest festival will get under way again this year with a Kickoff Community Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 20.
The kickoff luncheon was begun two years ago to help boost the literary aspects of RiverFest to the forefront by putting more emphasis on the William Faulkner Literary Competition, which has been a part of the festival since the beginning 20 years ago.
The event, which includes a hot buffet lunch, will be held at noon in the meeting hall of the First United Methodist Church. Individual tickets are $15.
This year’s luncheon speaker is Neil White, the Mississippi author of “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts.” After the lunch, White will autograph his book.
During the event, winners of the annual William Faulkner Literary Competition will be announced. The competition includes categories for best short story by adults/college-age students, best one-act play, best novel, and best story by a high school student.
Attendance has been growing at the Kickoff Community Luncheon and we hope to surpass the 160 attendance of last year. But a successful event depends on businesses and organizations reserving tables of eight seats, at the discounted price of $80. Tickets are available at the Union County Heritage Museum and the Union County Development Association. All tickets are sold in advance.
We think this Friday kickoff lunch merits your support.