From staff reports
The musical act Po’Anna will headline the first-ever Pecanapalooza set for this Saturday in Ste. Genevieve.
Po’Anna is a young, top-flight group of Bluegrass musicians.
The band features the following performers: Emalee Flatness, a fiddle player from Willard; Becca Ash, a mandolin player from Stoutland; Justus Ross, a guitar player from Piedmont; and Maddie Dalton, a Lockwood resident, on bass.
All of these musicians have been performing since their childhood.
Po’Anna’s performance will take place in Lions Park, and Pecanapalooza will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This free street festival will take place primarily on Market Street between Second Street and the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 99 South Main Street.
Other activities are scheduled for the Centre for French Colonial Life and the Jean-Baptiste Valle House.
Food vendors will be along Market Street, as well as cornhole, washer pitching and tomahawk throwing. The cornhole and washer tournaments have a $5 entry fee.
There also will be a pie-making contest, with the winners receiving prizes. The pie deadline is today (Nov. 4).
This event will feature a military living history timeline and World War II vehicles on display.
The event contains a fundraising component for USO Missouri, which will use donations to provide Thanksgiving meals for low-income families.
In addition, the Cub Scouts will collect donations for their “Scouting for Food” drive that helps local food pantries.
Food such as bratwurst, pulled pork sandwiches and pulled pork nachos are on the menu, along with snacks such as macarons, Dutch-Oven cobblers and more.
The Felix Valle House State Historic Site will have pecan pralines for sale and demonstrations on chocolate (with pecans), brisket smoked with pecans, and more.
Deb Cambron will demonstrate dying fabric with pecan shells and husks,.
Also, Harold’s Famous Bee Co. will sell small samples of a pecan-flavored beer in addition to their mead samples.
Since this is a pecan-based event, pecan-flavored beer and pecan pralines are featured items.
Earlier this fall at a regular meeting, the Ste. Genevieve board of alderman accepted closure of Market Street during Pecanapalooza.