Soule Steam Festival kicks off Friday


MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – A celebration of our industrial past is happening in downtown Meridian. The Soule Live Steam Festival drew many people Friday morning to learn about steam engines and much more.
“It’s interesting, nice mechanical things going on,” says Ken Comeaux. “The sound, the engines are so quiet compared to any engines you hear otherwise.”

“I just like to see history, I’m kind of a history buff, see how people use this stuff, it’s just fascinating watching it run,” says Harold Anderson.

People we talked with say the workers and volunteers help make the festival a great experience.

“These people here are just- it’s just magnificent, they have saved these artifacts and they just come from everywhere around here,” says Herman Stegall

If you missed it Friday, you can still come Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Oh man, have a good time, come out and see history in action, see how people used to live and how they used to manufacture stuff,” Anderson says. “See the woodcarvers, and the other craftspeople work, it’s fascinating, it’s a good time. Beautiful weather, good day to get out!”

Visitors hope the festival will continue to grow.

“I’m glad to see new stuff coming in and it’s just a good thing for the community and the city and it brings old folks like me out to see old stuff.”

Admission is $5. The festival is located at the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum located at 1808 4th Street in downtown Meridian.

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