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Shoppers strolled around vendor booths during the annual CountryFest celebration on Saturday, October 12.Shoppers strolled around vendor booths during the annual CountryFest celebration on Saturday, October 12. Large crowds were greeted with beautiful weather as they shopped, enjoyed entertainment, slurped stew, and checked out the car show. See more coverage of this 45th annual event in the October 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Hollingsworth appointed to Sulphur River Basin board

Kirby HollingsworthGovernor Greg Abbott has appointed Kirby Hollingsworth to the Sulphur River Basin Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

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CountryFest 2019

Booths featuring fall and home decor, crafts, and handmade jewelry will be dotted around the downtown Mount Vernon Plaza for the 45th annual CountryFestBooths featuring fall and home decor, crafts, and handmade jewelry will be dotted around the downtown Mount Vernon Plaza for the 45th annual CountryFest this Saturday, October 12.

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Jordan named executive director

Ashley JordanAshley Jordan has been named as the executive director by Cypress Basin Hospice.

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Minions downtown

Several minions have recently joined forces with the City of Mount Vernon to greet folks to downtown.Several minions have recently joined forces with the City of Mount Vernon to greet folks to downtown. Staff members dressed up some hay bales in anticipation of other costumed characters joining them later during October.

Food & Wine festival’s Market day next week

The Market on Main portion of the 10th annual Mount Vernon Food & Wine Festival will be Saturday, October 19.

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Programs shared which aid in historic preservation efforts

A large crowd of Franklin County historic preservationists gathered last week to learn about state and privately funded programs to help with engineering and planning to preserve both buildings and landscapes of historic value.A large crowd of Franklin County historic preservationists gathered last week to learn about state and privately funded programs to help with engineering and planning to preserve both buildings and landscapes of historic value.

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CountryFest celebrating 45th year all day Saturday

The annual Key Club CountryFest in Mount Vernon will celebrate its 45th year Saturday, October 12. Festivities begin at 6 a.m. with the setup of stew cook-off contestants.

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Stew Contest entry deadline approaches

The deadline to enter the 35th annual CountryFest Stew Cook-off is Friday, October. 11. Thus far, two beef and two chicken contestants have paid to register for the contest, several more have announced their intentions to cook.

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