Optimist Club of Hernando

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. - Optimist Mission Statement

    Hernando Optimist Club's annual A'Fair Festival
The Hernando A'Fair is an annual festival that started in August 1974.  It is now held on the 3rd Saturday of May and continues to grow each year.  All of the activities are held on the beautiful historic downtown square in Hernando, Mississippi.  A'Fair in Hernando is a "rain or shine" event.  There is no admission fee and parking is free.

A’Fair in Hernando is an annual event that started in August of 1974. It is now held on the third Saturday of May and continues to grow every year.  All of the activities are held on the historic downtown square in Hernando Mississippi. A’Fair in Hernando is a rain or shine event and there is no admission fee and parking is free.


The day’s activities begin at 7:30 am with the Laurie Wiley Memorial 5K Run.  Registration is held on Center Street across from the courthouse in the Trustmark Bank parking lot.


The artists and crafters have booths in the parking area around the courthouse and downtown Commerce Street to the Hernando City Hall.  In 2016, we had 220 vendors with pottery, water and oil colors, photography, sewn and embroidered items, woodcraft, jewelry, and everything in between.  Some vendors conduct demonstrations to show the making of their craft.


Local businesses have booths advertising their wares and services. Many have free gifts for those stopping and have drawings for gifts and services. Also the businesses on Commerce Street are open during the A’Fair in Hernando and many run specials and sales during the event.

The kid's zone is located on Commerce Street at City Hall.  There are vendors with sand art, face painting, and many other choices.  We have water walking balls and other activities for the young and young at heart.

You'll also find many local animal shelters and animal rescue groups bringing pets available for adoption.

Food vendors are located in front of the courthouse on Panola Street on the south side of the courthouse.  Here you'll typically find a wide variety of choices including BBQ, corn dogs, burgers, home cooking, and scrumptious dessert delights.  Tables and chairs are available.




On the front lawn of the courthouse live entertainment is provided free from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Several local groups perform music from bluegrass to country western and everything in between. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy.

The information center that includes lost and found and first aid is located in front of the Desoto County office building on the southwest corner of the square.

 The Hernando Optimist Club hopes you bring your family and have a great time at the A’Fair in Hernando.

 - Optimist Club Secretary