PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Creative works of art, food, fun and entertainment filled the streets of downtown Pascagoula on Saturday. The 37th annual Zonta Festival attracted a record crowd, and the huge event was all for a good cause.
The streets of downtown Pascagoula were packed with thousands of people ready to take advantage of everything Zonta had to offer.
"The weather is great today, a lot of people out, a lot of good food, a lot of good vendors," vendor Janet Lashley said.
More than 200 vendors signed up to showcase their goods, and that gave shoppers plenty to pick from.
"We have some vendors coming here from Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, so we have vendors coming from everywhere," event chairperson Mary Garner said.
The festival focused heavily on arts and crafts, especially at Susan Cox's booth.
"I do funky yard art, which are recycled boards and exterior paint. They are great for bars or putting color in your yard when nothing else is in bloom," said Cox.
Cox is a fifth year vendor, and said she keeps coming back to Zonta because it helps boost her business, and it's just fun.
"They have things for kids, things for adults, food, drinks, you name it. There is a lot to see and do at Zonta," Cox said.
Zonta Club members have put on this huge event for nearly four decades, and the proceeds go right back into the community.
"We use our money to help with fighting human trafficking, domestic violence and giving scholarships in the area to our young people," said Garner.
Organizers said knowing this event was put on for a good cause and the festival goers had good time made this year's Zonta fest a success. More than 30,000 people attended the Pascagoula festival in the downtown district Saturday.