Black and white photos tell part of the story, and the people tell the rest. It's not every day that a town turns 100. Everyone is invited to the Vinton Heritage Festival to celebrate the roots of a town that has turned out quite a bit of talent over the years such as Marcia Ball, legendary pianist and songwriter as well as Bobby Kimball from the hit band Toto! The actual festival will be October 9, 2010 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Downtown Vinton's City Park.

Headlining this year’s festival will be Marcia Ball, one of the many “Vintonites” whose musical roots are native to the town of Vinton. Other Vinton native performers include Ivy Dugas, Ed Jardell, Raymond T & French Bred. A special vendor booth will be on hand selling Vinton inspired items such as ornaments and Afghans.

Additional crafts, door prizes and food vendors will be in abundance. No festival would be complete without exciting activities, rides and games for spry youngsters and of course, Gumbeaux Gator. The festivities will be held from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. at the corners of Center and Horridge Streets.

Lawn chairs are welcomed; however, coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For festival information, contact Vinton City Hall at (337) 589-7453 or