McKenzie hosts Sweet Tea and Southern Pickings festival to boost local business and pride
JACKSON, TN (WNBJ)-
It’s festival time all across West Tennessee. Small towns are hosting festivals to bring in tourists and celebrate the heritage in their area.
“Everybody around here loves sweet tea that’s the drink of the south…we are such a resource, a treasure trove for vintage items, furniture and also crafts,” says McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland.
She says that these two things are what inspired the Sweet Tea and Southern Pickings festival.
Holland speaks about the importance of festivals,
“For small rural towns, it's very very important. You’ve got the tourism that comes in…we love to have the visitors…our gas stations benefit, our restaurants, our retail, businesses. It really does affect that whole town."
One new business in McKenzie is excited to be a part of their first festival
“We’re so excited, basically since we opened the doors, we’ve been waiting for the first sweet tea festival…especially right now with everything that’s going on just anything that gets people out doing stuff…we’re just happy to be a part of it,” says Brad Sam of McKenzie Station Bar and Grill.
Mckenzie's festival and many others were canceled last year. The return of festivals has created a new opportunity for food vendors.
“This is our second event so we’re looking forward to this weekend. And it’s awesome being a part of all the local town events and we can’t wait,” says Rodger Gibson of ole' Glory Sweets and Treats.