Now in its 47th year, the Natchez Trace Festival has long been an enjoyable spring hallmark of Kosciusko that celebrates both the community and the Natchez Trace.

The festival chairman for 2016, MarKeith Selmon, is eager to further enhance the event by building on the hard work of his predecessors.

“Last year’s festival chair, Cindy Deason, did a superb job making the Natchez Trace Festival a fun, family-oriented event,” Selmon said. “I’m excited to build upon that even more.”

According to Selmon, much of this will be done by expanding upon some of the festival’s most popular attractions.

Moomba, sponsored by Citizens National Bank, has traditionally aimed to be a venue for family fun. It provides children an amusing outlet with inflatables, face painting, toys, and various games.

Moomba has always been a popular part of the festival,” said Selmon. “This year, we will be expanding Moomba, both in terms of space and offerings, but also with more to draw older youths as well.”

He is also looking forward to the additions to Gasoline Alley, presented by Kosy Kruisers and Dickerson Petroleum.

Gasoline Alley has also been a popular attraction over the years,” said Selmon.

“To appeal to an even greater range of interests, this year’s edition will feature ATVs and motorcycles, in addition to automobiles.”

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Selmon certainly has a fond appreciation for the limited edition tshirts (for sale at Kosciusko Attala Partnership office) and Friday Night Entertainment – sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance of Kosciusko, MS — featuring Jason Miller Band and the Holmes Community College Steel Band.

Nevertheless, when it comes to his favorite part of the festival, he leaves little doubt.

“My favorite part of the festival is the food,” Selmon said. “This year, we’ll have many of the fond staples, like funnel cake and chicken on a stick.”

“However, we are also expanding the food options. For instance, one vendor, who will be on the square, offers a unique, old fashioned ice cream.”

Currently Manager of Operations & New Media with Boswell Media, Selmon has been with the company for nearly seven years. He previously served in the National Guard and spent time working with the Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club. Selmon is a graduate of Kosciusko High School and the University of Southern Mississippi.

But it was his experience as a volunteer in 2015 that motivated him to assume his position as festival chairman in 2016.

“Being a wonderful tradition in the community, the festival is powered by the generosity of volunteers from all over our community giving their time,” said Selmon.

“We appreciate any assistance on either day of the Natchez Trace Festival. Those interested in volunteering can do so by contacting the Kosciusko Attala Partnership office at (662) 289-2981.”

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