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Fall festival provides boost to local economy

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By Ashley Conroy - email

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (WLBT)- Visitors from all over the state stopped in Crystal Springs on Friday for the 32nd Fall Flower and Garden Fest.

Mississippi State University hosts the event every year as a means to provide educational opportunities to horticulture enthusiasts.

Dr. Richard Snyder coordinates the event every year and says over a two day span, 6 thousand people are expected to attend.

"First and foremost, it's an educational opportunity." Dr. Snyder continued, "We want people to come out to the truck stop station here in Crystal Springs and learn about horticulture, learn about home gardening and go away with a lot more information than they came with."

For visitors like Sammy Chambers from Canton this has proved to be true. He's been visiting the festival for 6 years, and says after the first visit he was hooked.

"You can read about stuff in magazines and stuff like that, but until you get to see it with your own eyes you'll be surprised."

In addition, Snyder says for the 2010 festival they've seen more vendors than in years past. "It's the maximum number, I don't think we can have any more next year."

Vendor Barbara Harvey from Natchez Trace Gardens out of Kosciusko has been setting up shop at the event more than 10 years.

Every year she says it proves to be a success. "We bring down an 18-wheeler full of plants and we usually go home pretty empty."

The festival is also taking place on Saturday Oct. 16th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission and parking is free.

web site: www.msucares.com/fallfest


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