The annual Ham Jam Arts Festival has something for everyone. Over 100 vendors will be on site in Philadelphia for this year’s event, which kicks off next Friday, April 12.
The annual Ham Jam Arts Festival has something for everyone. Over 100 vendors will be on site in Philadelphia for this year’s event, which kicks off next Friday, April 12.
By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger



April has arrived and in Philadelphia that means the annual Ham Jam Arts Festival is just a couple of weeks away.

The Ham Jam starts next Friday afternoon and runs through the next day. Main Street will be closed to traffic. More than 100 artsand crafts vendors will set up to show their work. And as always, there is plenty of food.

Organizers are trying to stay positive about the weather that week. “There is going to be plenty of sunshine,” promised Main Street director Tim Moore.

As always there is something for everyone. Moore said there will be an antique car show  on Friday. It will be held on Church Street, near the kids rides.

And speaking of kids rides, the kids area will have plenty to do with jumpies, a pirate ship and pony rides. 

There will be a barbecue competition which is sanctioned by the popular Memphis Barbecue Network. The cooking starts Friday and runs through Saturday. Cooks will be cooking their meat on site for the contest. Categories include the whole hog, the shoulders, shoulder ribs and pulled pork.

There will also be plenty of music. The Fish Hippies, a local group, will play on the main stage Friday night form 7 p.m. until around 10. The starting Saturday at 8:30 a.m., the main stage will be opened to local talent.

If the weather is good, between 5,000 to 8,000 people are expected visit Ham Jam.

For more information, call the Community Development Partnership at 601-656-1000.