COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)-Preparations are underway for this years 18th annual Market Street Festival. Boxes of shirts and supplies are being hauled in and set up for the big event that will kick off May 3rd. Nearly 40,000 people flock to the friendly city to for the two day event to see local artwork, hear live music, enjoy plenty of activities, and dabble with different foods. The Market Street Festival has been named as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society for 14 consecutive years.