The Not So Square Arts and Literary Festival is set to get underway starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Mt. Vernon.
Artwork, performance art, dance, literature, food and fun are on tap for guests attending this year's festival.
Starting at 10 a.m. at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), located at 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd., special recognition will be given to Vietnam War veterans.
Also at 10 a.m., a parade honoring Vietnam War veterans will take place, starting from the veteran's home, at 1600 S. Hickory St., north to the square and then circle the square. Area citizens are invited to line the parade route to honor these veterans.
Presentations at the MARC will be given by Laura Valenti, author of "Between the Cross and the Choice: The Election," Penny Robichaux-Koonts, author of "I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream," Kitty Sutton, author of "Wheezer and the Painted Frog,", John Hacker, author of "5:41: Stories of the Joplin Tornado" and "Spirit of Hope: A Year After the Joplin Tornado," and Joyce Goodwin Grubbs, author of the mystery suspense series "Gray Hound Lady Walking."
The Not So Shakespeare in the Park Players, Millsap and Millsap dueling pianos, Argentine tango, MVHS Show Choir, Pommert duo classical guitar and an Irish harpist will be performing and giving demonstrations throughout the day.
Vendor booths will offer an array of crafts ranging from paintings, potters, photographers, jewelry makers and more.
Representatives from Tate Publishing Company, Litho Printers, eRead eBook Publishing and Sage Media will also be on hand to offer information on publishing and book cover design.
There will be exhibits by Mt. Vernon High School art students, raku pottery and children's art workshops.
Other events highlighting the festival include writing workshops at the Mt. Vernon Branch Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and wine tasting at Williams Creek Winery, just off the square.
Festival goers will also have the opportunity to sample a "taste of Mt. Vernon" by sampling coffee by Keen Bean Coffee Roasters, sweet treats from That Crazy Redhead's Bakery, T.J. Bar-B-Q and a special cake designed by the Cake Cottage.
The event is free and door prizes will be awarded between 4:30 to 5 p.m. at the close of this year's festival.