by Justin Kree
KERMIT - As September comes to a close, the Kermit Celebration Days festival will begin soon. The Health Department says they'll be making an appearance this year to keep an eye on food vendors at the celebration.
The Kermit Celebration Days started in 2005 and has been getting bigger since then. The festival lasts two full days. There will be live music and even a parade. It's free admission and fun for the whole family.
"After about the third year, it pretty much took off. We had local merchants helping out with sponsorship and donations," Kermit City Manager, Gloria Saenz said.
Saenz says all food vendors are informed of what is required when selling food.
"We had a meeting in August and invited the Health Department over and he answered questions from our food vendors. He had the requirements on paper and made them available for us. We mailed them out to all the food vendors and as far as I know they have all been informed and they know what is required of them. So hopefully, we won't have that problem. I don't forsee it being a problem," Saenz said.
The State requirements are strict. NewsWest 9 obtained the guidelines from the state of Texas. Some of the rules state: "Single event permit is valid for one individual food booth or unit at one specific event. Food shall be prepared only in permitted or licensed establishments. Food prepared in a private home is not allowed."