Someone once said that the legacy of the past is the seed that bears the harvest of the future.

With the inaugural production of Greenville Parks and Recreation’s ‘A Taste of Soul’ cultural festival slated for the weekend of June 19, the city of Greenville and greater Washington County should see healthy tourism performance and three days of fun. moving.

The outdoor event will run from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 on the grounds of the Washington County Convention Center and will kick off with a comedy show Friday night.

Saturday’s schedule of events will consist of a soul food-themed cooking contest as well as a concert featuring a notable lineup of musical acts and entertainment to be announced.

Additionally, a wide variety of food trucks will be on site for the duration of the festival and the event will culminate with a “Family, Friends, Fun and Fireworks” day on Sunday.

“We’re going to try to get tourists from Louisiana, Alabama, Jackson, Tennessee, Desoto County, etc.,” said chief organizer and director of Greenville Parks and Recreation Corey Holmes. “These profits will go back into our facilities as we require new ball diamond lighting at the Ward Recreation Center to accommodate our men’s and women’s softball tournaments and new floors in our gymnasium.”

Many facilities at Greenville Parks and Recreation are in need of improvements and producing this festival is one of the ways it intends to generate revenue to make the necessary improvements.

“I feel like this is the one (festival) where if we help each other, we actually bring taxpayer and tourism money to the county and the city to let people know about their vision of what Washington County is not that, but better,” Holmes told officials. “When we do festivals like this, we’re looking to bring people back from this area.”

Since the announcement of the event, Holmes has continued to dabble in securing sponsors.

“So far we’ve hit a home run with a few of our businesses here and we’ve been around the Mississippi Delta,” he said, noting that the event had been in the works for nearly two years.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor of A Taste of Soul Culture can call 662-820-5821 or email Holmes at [email protected]