The public is invited to a day of food, music and games during the annual “Spirit on Mountain Street” in Jacksonville on Thursday.
The 13th annual festival, organized by the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center, Jacksonville State University and the city of Jacksonville, is set for 6-8 p.m. on Mountain Street outside JSU Stadium. There will also be a free concert by country music singer Morgan Wallen from 8-10 p.m.
Organizers expect between 6,000 and 7,000 people to attend.
“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year,” said Kelli Ford, one of the organizers.
Admission is free to everything except the food tastings. Tickets for that cost a dollar each at the gate, with proceeds going to the outreach center, a nonprofit governed by representatives from more than 20 churches in the Jacksonville area.
“The money goes to things like helping feed people on Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Ford said. “It also goes to help provide Christmas for kids.”
As of Tuesday, 25 restaurants from the Calhoun County area had signed up to offer samples of different dishes.
“And we have so many volunteers this year helping with the restaurants, so they won’t lose out money having to use their own servers,” Ford said.
The event will also have activities for children, such as games, a dunking booth and a performance by the Kitty Stone Singers.
Other activities will include an antique car show, a cake auction and a hot dog eating contest. There will also be a cornhole tournament with a $500 award for the winner.