The Potlatch Festival, which celebrates art, food and music, is returning this fall with expanded activities and a concert featuring Joey Greer and Cody Wayne.

Potlatch committee members are currently working to organize the event, slated for Sept. 18 at the Carthage Civic Center, and have opened volunteer sign-ups and registration for new competition events.

They are also working to get vendors registered and find sponsorships for some of the kids’ activities that are planned.

Tickets for the Joey Greer and Cody Wayne concert are expected to go on sale soon, at a cost of $15 for adults and $10 for those 12 and under.

Check the Potlatch page on Facebook for the official announcement when they become available.

Nominations Open for new Friend of Potlatch Award

The Potlatch Committee is now accepting nominations for the Friend of Potlatch Award, a new award to be presented at this year’s Potlatch in honor of a person who has made a difference in Panola County.

Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 31.

“Potlatch is all about celebrating friendship and our hometown, and we want this award to honor someone who has been a friend to Carthage,” Potlatch Chair Keri Vance said. “We have friends and neighbors who are selflessly working to make Carthage a better and more welcoming community for all, and now we want to give them our thanks for the work that they do.”

Email nominations can be sent to emailpotlatch+nominations@gmail.com.

The Friend of Potlatch Award will be presented at the beginning of this year’s Potlatch during the opening ceremony. Carthage Mayor Lin Joffrion will be presenting this year’s honoree with a key to the city. Community performances will follow the award presentation.

Registration Opens for Contests

Potlatch organizers are also planning to host five new community competitions in cooking, photography, art/drawing, poetry and essay writing.

Anyone is welcome to enter the contests, and registration is free. Contest entries will be dropped off on the day of Potlatch, judged, exhibited and then taken home before the festival ends.

There are four age divisions: youth, for those in 5th grade and younger; junior, for those in grades 6-8; high school, for those in grades 9-12; and an adults category for those 18 or older.

The cooking contest will have both a sweet and a savory division, and the essay contest is open only to students. The essay winner in the high school division will receive a scholarship from the Potlatch Committee.

Registration can be emailed to emailpotlatch+contests@gmail.com or dropped off at Carthage City Hall, 812 W. Panola St. An online form is also available on the Potlatch Facebook page. Questions? Email Contest Committee Chair Meredith Shamburger at emailpotlatch+contests@gmail.com or call/text (903) 754-3358.

Sponsorships Still Available

Sponsorships for many of the planned activities are also still available, with the Potlatch Committee posting information about sponsorships on their Facebook page.

For sponsorships related to the concert, contact Tonya Cooke at (903) 754-1676. For questions about sponsoring a KidsZone activity, email emailpotlatch+kidzone@gmail.com.

Other sponsorship requests can be sent to emailpotlatch@gmail.com.

Volunteer, Vendor Sign-Ups

Organizers have also opened up registration for community members who want to help volunteer at Potlatch or be a vendor. Go to the Potlatch Facebook page for links to those registration forms.

Volunteers will work in three-hour shifts throughout the day to help run the festival. Volunteers can choose which assignment they prefer, whether it’s helping to clean-up or breakdown events, staff some of the KidsZone activities or help work the evening concert.

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