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    Vardaman, Mississippi Sweet Potato Festival

     
    One of these pictures is one of the signs on the Highway, welcoming motorists to the town of Vardaman, Mississippi, and the other is a picture of Main Street Vardaman, on one of the quiet days.
    Vardaman, located around 100 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee, is in Calhoun County.
    There are many industries and businesses in Vardaman and Calhoun County, but, one thing that makes Vardaman, and Calhoun County known, is the growing of Sweet Potatoes.
    It has been said the sugar content of the Calhoun County sweet potatoes is higher than any grown in the world.
    The sweet potatoes grown in Vardaman and Calhoun County, Mississippi, are sold in many towns in the state, and even in other states to be used in canning companies.
    Vardaman, Mississippi, is known as, " THE SWEET POTATO CAPITOL OF THE WORLD."
    At this time now, plans are going on, for The Vardaman, Mississippi Sweet Potato Festival, which is held every 1st Saturday in November, and has been, since 1973.
    On the day of the festival, you will not find Main Street as empty, as shown in the picture.
    On that day, the entire Main Street, and the side streets, and highway will be filled with many vendors selling many things, and many popular entertainers performing.
    Of course, there is always the sweet potato pie eating contest, and many dishes made with sweet potatoes.
    On the 1st Saturday in November each year, people from many places in the state, will drive to the festival, in addition to many from other states, and many staying motels in nearby towns.
    If a person has never attended The Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival, The 1st Saturday in November would be an ideal vacation.

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