Vendors lining up for Ham Jam Oct. 17


Ham Jam is shaping up as a limited one-day festival Oct. 17 downtown, organizers say.

The 19th Annual Ham Jam Arts Festival, originally planned for April, was rescheduled due to COVID-19, and is now a one-day event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“COVID has really limited what we can do this year compared to previous years, but we still aim for this to be a fun, family event,” said Tim Moore, executive director of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “We want to make sure that still happens.” 

Moore said that for the festival, they have a finalized list of participating vendors: Neshoba County Gin, Dixie Outfitters, Southern Chics, and more for t-shirts, Native Creations, LLC for Native/Choctaw arts, crafts, and jewelry, and food vendors such as T&J Concessions, The Little Griddle, and Lil Piggy’s Porkskins. And that’s just to name a few. 

“There’s a lot of these vendors that haven’t been able to participate in any festivals this year, and we want to help them and give them some exposure,” he said. “We hope people will come out and support them.” 

Moore noted that this year, the BBQ competition won’t be held due to the limited festival time and COVID restrictions, but there will still be plenty to do. 

“Our main stage will kick off with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on the main stage from 9am to noon,” he said. “We’ll also have the band Calico from 7pm to 9pm, and of course there’s the vendors, along with an area for the kids.” 

Moore assured that proper COVID-19 guidelines will be followed at the festival, and there will be volunteers there to help make sure people are socially distanced properly. 

“Although Tate Reeves said the statewide mask mandate has expired, we still encourage people to wear masks, and hand sanitizer will be readily available,” he said. “Our main goal is to have fun while maintaining everyone’s safety.” 

For more information about Ham Jam, contact Moore at 601-656-1000. 

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