Main Street Greenville has released applications for the Delta Hot Tamale Festival food and craft vendors.
Organizers are continuing preparations for the festival slated for October 15-17, 2020 while still being mindful of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are continually monitoring restrictions and guidelines for community events as released by our local and state governments. We are adding several measures to ensure the health and safety of this year’s festival-goers and are prepared to cancel if another spike occurs,” said Main Street Greenville’s Programs Director Gretchen Giachelli when asked how COVID-19 was effecting this year’s plans.
As a subsidiary of the Greater Greenville Development Foundation, the Main Street Greenville organization partners with the city, county, and local businesses to strengthen the area through various programs, projects, and events.
While the Delta Hot Tamale Festival is only one event produced by Main Street Greenville, its contribution to the community has one of the largest impacts.
Daniel Boggs, CEO of Greater Greenville Development Foundation says the Delta Hot Tamale Festival’s role in supporting area businesses is very much needed, “A recent study showed the Delta Hot Tamale Festival injects approximately $5.2 million into the community annually. If we can safely continue with the festival, the revenue generated for local businesses could be particularly vital this year.”
The Delta Hot Tamale Festival brings approximately 17,000 visitors to the Greenville area annually. While this year’s attendance could be lower, Visit Mississippi is hoping the Festival will be the first major festival of the season. Wesley Smith, Executive Director of the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, a Visit Mississippi Association, sees the Delta Hot Tamale Festival as a way to move forward.
“With Main Street Greenville’s keen awareness of safety precautions guidelines, this year’s event could set the benchmark for similar events wishing to resume in the state.” Smith added, “the Delta Hot Tamale Festival has been a positive boost to Washington County year over year. It attracts visitors who eat, stay, and shop at our local restaurants, hotels, and stores.”
For vendor applications, please visit www.MainStreetGreenville.com or contact Gretchen at 662-378-3121