Oak Grove’s annual Spring into Summer Festival is growing year after year, in many different ways.
The number of people attending the festival is into the tens of thousands, and the number of vendors catering to those attendees is also growing.
Maria Guerra, events planner for the Oak Grove Tourism and Convention Commission, counted 27 vendors thus far that will sell merchandise or have non-food items.
“We have had quite an increase in the number of vendors, which is nice to see,” Guerra said.
A new vendor this year will be Discover Toys, which Guerra said provides fun and educational toys and games for children of all ages. There will also be a new face-painter this year who hand-paints her art designs.
Other new vendors include Cadiz Comfort Zone, which will have several types of arts and crafts, and Rodney Duncan, who will be doing on-site glass blowing.
“We have a variety of things,” Guerra boasted. “We have a few of our commercial exhibitors who will just come out and pass out information about their business, like Tiptop Home Solutions, which used to be known as Gutter Gutter. One that we have from Clarksville is called Title Boxing Club. That’s more like a kickboxing thing. They’re going to be handing out passes for kickboxing.”
Food vendors include The Homestead from Hopkinsville, which will have barbecue, and C&B Cracker Boy Cook Shack of Russellville, which will have catfish and grilled chicken sandwiches.
Spring into Summer visitors can expect all of the favorite foods from the vendors, from funnel cakes and burgers to hot dogs and fried cheese cake.
“Some new additions that we’ll have this year are pizza and an increase in barbecue,” Guerra said.
The festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on the field surrounding the Viceroy Performing Arts Center in Oak Grove. Joe Nichols will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free for the entire weekend for the festival and for the live concert.
No pets will be allowed and no coolers will be permitted inside the festival area. There will be designated smoking areas. Visitors staying for the concert are advised to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Tables and chairs will be set up for people to eat. Programs available at the site will indicate several features as well as the amenities of the site.
For more information about the festival, visit www.SpringIntoSummer
Fest.com or call the Oak Grove Tourism and Convention Commission at 270-439-5675.
DAVID SNOW is the editor of The Eagle Post. Reach David at 270-887-3295