By Destiny Brown

On March 2, venture to Waterway Village alongside the canal in Gulf Shores for a day of celebrating the arts. Music, crafts, food, you name it. Each year, the Ballyhoo! Festival continues to grow and draw more and more participants from within and outside the community.
This is the 4th year of the Ballyhoo! Festival. Kicking off festival season, Ballyhoo! is the first of it’s kind in Baldwin County of the year and aims to continue it’s annual celebration of community and life.
The vendors at the festival are both local and regional.
With few juried shows in the area, artists submit applications and a panel of judges choose who is able to showcase their work at the festival.
“We try to be extremely inclusive. We’ve worked the past few years with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only nationally recognized tribe in the state of Alabama, and it’s really just a celebration of arts and culture and having the community come together and learn about eachother,” said Katie Avant, chairwoman of this year’s Ballyhoo! festival.
This year, the festival will have eight different food and drink vendors, over 50 artists, the zoo will be in attendance and new musical entertainment. There will also be three tents of children’s activities, demonstrations and more.
For more information, visit the Facebook page Ballyhoo! 2019.