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Zonta Club Arts & Crafts Festival brings in 260 vendors

This year's Zonta Festival drew hundreds of visitors and vendors to downtown Pascagoula. This year's Zonta Festival drew hundreds of visitors and vendors to downtown Pascagoula.
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

For the 38th time, the Zonta Club’s annual Arts & Crafts Festival took over downtown Pascagoula.

And Saturday’s festival was one of the biggest in its history.

There’s nothing like fall's nippy air that gets the festival fever going.

The Zonta Club’s biggest fundraising event had what people have come to expect.

Vendors, vendors and more vendors. Organizers said at least 260 of them from as far away as Arkansas.

“We love all the unique crafts you can find,” said Melanie Reilly of Gulfport. “We try to knock out a bunch of Christmas gifts here. ... Look at the number of booths. This is probably one of the largest crafts shows on the Coast.”

Music was everywhere throughout the festival area providing background as hundreds enjoyed the day.

When visitors weren’t scanning the crafts, they were sampling the interesting food selections and burning off the calories at the children’s corner with plenty of fun houses to explore and ponies to ride.

This year, the festival caught a little of Cruisin’ the Coast with several cars on display.

The Zonta Club of Pascagoula was established in 1977.

It is part of an international organization that empowers the status of women, and the money raised today goes to help several community projects.

Tiffany Hoven of Gautier has been coming to the Zonta festival since she was a teenager.

“I love seeing all the different arts and crafts and the different things that you find here, and the kids just love the kids section,” she said. “We spend a lot of our times in there. It’s just a lot of fun and it’s free and it's enjoyable to be outdoors.

“I haven’t made it to the cars yet,” she said with a laugh. “I can’t seem to get out of this section.”

It’s simple for Commisky Hayes of Moss Point.

“I enjoy the food booths, I enjoy the arts and crafts. I enjoy all of it. ... Just being with family. Mostly just being with family.”

It takes a lot of work to put on the festival, but the end result is worth it, said chairman Mary Garner.

“You get those little problems solved, then you’re going around talking to people and seeing the excitement of people and listening to the entertainment and just seeing what’s going on, and it’s just a great day.”

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