After a 15 year hiatus, Sulphur Days is coming back to the small city in Murray County.
The city’s Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association have teamed up to revamp the previously annual event. The first such festival was held in 1988, said Hali Gilbert, owner of Kitchen 117 and a member of the Downtown Merchant’s Association. “I moved back here about a year and a half ago,” Gilbert said. “It just seems like the perfect time to bring back Sulphur Days.”
Gilbert said the festival was last held in 2001. “Tourism is such a big deal here, we wanted to bring back more things for kids and families to do in addition to the parks.”
Bringing the fun downtown this weekend includes carnival games and a petting zoo — not to mention plenty of food trucks and other vendors. “There will be catfish tacos,” Gilbert said. “They are so, so good.”
Tori Burba, the executive director of the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce, said reviving the old tradition has brought many parts of the city back together. The Artesian, Crossway Church and area businesses have teamed up to add even more fun to the party with inflatables and a bucking bull ride.
Burba said she and Gilbert are both young professionals looking to bring the town together in an entertaining way to help the community grow.
In addition to several blocks of fun and activities, the Holly Beth Band will perform Saturday night at 7 p.m.
For questions about the event or directions, check out the event’s Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2AVFegE.