Walt's Look Around: Greenville Hot Tamale Festival - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Walt's Look Around: Greenville Hot Tamale Festival

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GREENVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

So many festivals and fairs happen in October here in Mississippi because on any given day, the weather is going to probably be perfect in October. It was last weekend in Greenville.

Several thousand people flocked down to the levee end of Washington Avenue to stand in line and get a dozen or so of last year's hot tamale festival winner's tamales to see if they are as good this year. But that's not all they come for. This is an unofficial homecoming and reunion weekend as much as it is anything else. It wasn't designed for that. It wouldn't have worked if it had been. But when you meet friends and family you haven't seen in years it just turns out that way.

Music is a big part of any Delta festival, and pretty girls. There was, of course the Miss Hot Tamale Festival contest. And Miss Hot Tamale is not to be confused with the Queen of the Festival. That honor annually goes to a lady who has proved her beauty to the community over the years.

"They said I'm going to have a lot to do. I haven't had much yet," said the current Queen of the Festival.

All hot tamales are not created equal. Some are snacks, some are full meal deals. And some don't want you to know what's in them.

"They can say what they want to say," said one tamale cooker. "They can say they're beef, they can say they're pork, but everybody knows an authentic Delta is a stray cat hot tamale because its good. And that's all there is to it."

"Ain't nothin' in the world like a Delta girl in, the hot tamale capitol of the whole wide world, eatin' a hot tamale" sang Johnny Crocker.

Not only are the tamale's good, it's also refreshing to see so many people once again back in downtown Greenville here in the Delta. That's something else you can't plan, to put on an event and guarantee it is going to catch on like this one has.

"We've been written up in many national magazines and I think the word's getting around," said Greenville Hot Tamale Festival Co Chair and Co-founder Valery Lee. "People are coming from all over and Greenville is on the map again."

So what has made the Greenville Hot Tamale festival so successful? Well, like a good Delta tamale, you may not know what makes it up, but it sure is good.

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