City prepping for Ham Jam on Oct. 17


While Ham Jam has been scaled back to a one-day event next month, organizers are calling for vendors and volunteers.

Ham Jam is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. downtown. To be a vendor or volunteer, call the Community Development Partnership at 601-656-4000.

“We took a hit this year since weren’t able to do this in April like we normally do,” said Tim Moore, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve scaled it down to one day only with arts and crafts, food vendors, and a special presentation by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.”

Moore said the festival will have an area for the kids and an antique car show. 

“We will do the best we can in regards to social distancing with our arts and crafts vendor spaces,” he said. “We’ll probably still be wearing masks, but whatever the case, we just want everyone to come out and have a fun time.” 

Moore noted one of the biggest changes made to the festival was the lower numbers of arts and crafts vendors. 

“A lot of them have gone out of business because of COVID,” he said. “Most of the vendors would’ve started going to festivals in January and February, but none of them have been able to attend any this year.”

Moore said the goal of this festival is to give people things to do, as the pandemic has shut everyone inside for a very long time and closed down nearly every event previously scheduled. 

“We want to do something where everyone can come out and get together before the holidays and have a celebration if you will,” he said. “If you’re not comfortable coming to this, we completely understand.”

To end the festival, Calico The Band will be scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will play a lot of different genres of music. 

“This will be a nice, fun family event for everybody,” Moore said.  

For more information or inquiries about the festival, call Moore at 601-656-1000.

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