It’s Time for Loblolly Festival!

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year–time for Loblolly Festival! 

This year’s event can’t be missed. It’s going to be the biggest and best Loblolly we have ever hosted–clocking in at over 230 vendors from all over Mississippi.

Loblolly Festival is on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event is rain or shine, and thankfully, the weather looks perfect!

Know Before You Go

  • Furry friends are allowed to attend the festival, but be mindful of city leash laws and please pick up after your pets.
  • Loblolly Festival is free! 
  • Keep the City ‘Beautiful’! Make sure to discard pet waste, food, and garbage in trash receptacles.
  • When you’re sippin’ and strolling, make sure to follow the city’s open container laws, and stay in the leisure district.
  • Ample parking is available in outer lots. Don’t be afraid to get your steps in!
  • Visit the Laurel Main Street trailer to get this year’s Loblolly T-shirts! $25, limited quantity

What is Loblolly?

We get so many questions every year surrounding the name and history of this event. Check out some of our past blogs to read more about the history of Loblolly Festival and of Laurel, MS.

Loblolly Festival: Celebrating the Town that Timber Built

Loblolly: The Power of the Historical Name

Vendors

Expect plenty of unique vendors, including all kinds of food & drink, arts & crafts, and organizations. This year’s event is completely packed for the first time in history!

Demonstrations vary, but a crowd favorite is Dayton Scoggins, the chainsaw artist. Dayton will be on-hand this year selling his creations, as well as demonstrating the art of chainsaw sculpture.

Live Entertainment

One of the best parts about about Loblolly Festival is the entertainment. The line-up this year is not to be missed!

Bring your lawn chair, grab a beer from the Southern Beverage trailer, and enjoy music all day long.

Main Stage (located on Front Street)

  • 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM Stephen Wade Scott
  • 10:30 AM- Noon Ra’Shad the Blues Kid
  • 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM Tyler Tisdale
  • 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM Red & the Revelers

The Knight Butcher Stage (Central Avenue)

  • 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM Jesse Howell
  • 12:30 PM- 3:00 PM BIG

Kids Activities

Head on down to 5th avenue to check out the Kids Zone, full of fun for all ages like jump houses, activities, and games.

Shop Small

Don’t forget to eat and shop with our Downtown businesses this Saturday! Get your day started as early as 6:00AM with a loaded tea from Forever Nutrition and end your night at one of our amazing restaurants with even more live music, like 320FifthStreet.

Scarecrow Invasion 2022

This year’s Scarecrow Invasion debuts on September 30th, and will last through October 31st. Loblolly Festival is the perfect time to get out and view these whimsical creations!

Get ready for something new! Vote for your favorite scarecrow display in the “People’s Choice” category on our Facebook page. Voting begins October 2nd.

Other Fun Around Town

Our friends at Laurel Arts League are hosting the annual “Art on Masonite” competition at the YWCO for viewing during Loblolly Festival. Sit down, enjoy the AC, and support our talented young artists around Jones County!

The 30th Annual Heritage Arts Festival will take place on the lawn at Lauren Rogers Museum of art from 10:00AM- 1:00 PM during the festival. Best part? It’s free!


We can’t wait for Loblolly Festival, and we hope that you and your family join us this year! #loblollylover

PRESS RELEASE The Results Are In: Best of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Caroline Burks

Laurel Main Street

(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

THE RESULTS ARE IN: BEST OF MISSISSIPPI

Laurel Winners and M-Listers in Mississippi Magazine’s 2022 Awards

Laurel, MS––May 4, 2022–– Laurel Main Street is proud to announce multiple

members’ success in Mississippi Magazine’s Annual Best of Mississippi Awards. With

over 20 businesses nominated in Laurel, the town performed well in the competition.

The Best of Mississippi Awards recognizes Mississippi businesses in several categories

such as, Dining, Fashion, Specialty Retail, Homes and Gardens, Health and Beauty,

and Activities. There are sub-categories within for businesses and events to be

nominated for, then Mississippians put it to a vote.

Winning Laurel Main Street Members:

Best Furniture Store– Lott Furniture Co.

Best Fine Paper Goods– Be Amazing Paper Co.

Best Home Decor Resale & Consignment– The Remnant

Best Flea Market– Peddler’s Junktion

Laurel Main Street Members Featured on the MList:

Lee’s Coffee & Tea, Sweet Somethings Bakery, Gecko’s Fresh Eats, The Bookstore in

the Window, Guild & Gentry, and Laurel Mercantile Co.

Laurel Main Street would like to congratulate not just our members but all businesses

recognized in Jones County!

STATEMENT: Laurel Main Street Welcomes New Executive Director

Laurel Main Street

542 Central Avenue Suite 1

Laurel, MS 39440

(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

STATEMENT

[Laurel, MS–May 3, 2022]  Today, our organization has an important announcement regarding the position of our Executive Director. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we would like to bid Susan Ladd, our now former Executive Director, a fond farewell as she relinquishes the duties of her position at Laurel Main Street. In tandem, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Caroline Burks, our new Executive Director in interim.

 

Susan has served Laurel Main Street since September of 2020 after moving to Laurel with her husband, Seth. Earlier this year, Seth and Susan welcomed a baby boy into their family, resulting in a call home for Susan. 

 

We are grateful for the time we had with Susan, as well as all of her hard work while she served as Executive Director. As an organization, we offer our well-wishes and hopes for her future as a new mother.

 

Effective today, the Board of Directors has voted in Caroline Burks to fill this position in the interim. Prior, Caroline has served as a member of our Board of Directors, as Secretary on our Executive Committee, and as a member of the Promotions Committee. Caroline is also the President of Junior Auxiliary of Laurel, a member of Laurel Arts League, and a member of the Promotions Committee of the Jones County Chamber of Commerce. She also is the owner of Downtown small business, “Guild & Gentry”. 

 

“Laurel Main Street has always been close to my heart because of its commitment to both the community and small businesses, and I am so honored to be an advocate for all our merchants, partners, and stakeholders as the interim executive director of LMS.” Caroline Burks, Executive Director

Caroline Burks, Executive Director

 

Eagerly, we share this good news and look forward to the future of our organization with Caroline as our new Executive Director. We will continue in our best effort to support a vibrant and sustainable Downtown Laurel by means of design, promotion, organization, and economic vitality. 

Lee Bounds

President, Laurel Main Street

LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                       Contact: Susan Ladd,

Laurel Main Street                                                                                                                                                     Executive Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                  (601) 433-3255

      

LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

Laurel, Mississippi (December 15, 2020) — It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that Laurel Main Street (LMS) announces the cancellation of this year’s Downtown Countdown, due to take place on December 31, 2020.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Laurel Main Street Board of Directors felt it was the right decision. Downtown Countdown was an incredibly successful event in its inaugural year, and one we looked forward to continuing, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our partners, volunteers, and community.

“We are devastated to share this news and had held out hope that our county and city would be in a much healthier situation, but that is not the case,” LMS President, Truitt Taylor, stated.  “After reviewing the Governor’s mandates, the rise of COVID-19 cases in our area, and in close consultation with our city leaders, we believe that cancellation is the appropriate call.”

We remain committed to downtown Laurel and our mission of economic revitalization. We appreciate the support of our city leaders, Main Street Partners, Members, and event sponsors, and we look forward to resuming in-person events in 2021.

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Laurel Main Street is an organization dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Downtown Laurel. Using the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, Main Street communities boost local business from the city center outward. Laurel Main Street is an accredited Main Street America organization.

What’s On Tap

Who’s ready for a pre-Thanksgiving edition of Wine Down Downtown? WE ARE! Turn off the news and get downtown! No, seriously… there’s nothing good on the news. Come “wine” down downtown with us!
Friday, November 20 from 5:00 — 8:00 p.m.
First thing’s first, if you plan on sampling wines, you need a ticket!  Wine tumblers purchased from Laurel Main Street (LMS) serve as your entry ticket. Wine will not be poured into any other container. Click here to save a little time at the event and purchase your tickets online. Tumblers purchased online will be available for pick up at the LMS tent, on the corner of Magnolia St. and Central Ave., beginning at 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to purchase your tumbler in advance, we ask that you bring exact change. In an effort to minimize interactions, we will not have change on-site. If you do not have exact change, we ask that you consider donating your payment overage to Laurel Main Street. Our volunteers will still check IDs for proof of age, so please have your ID ready to show.

Retailers will offer wine tastings, equivalent to about a 2 oz. pour. Each store serving wine will have a different type for you to taste. There are also stores that will be open for extended shopping hours, but will serve non-alcoholic beverages instead. Take a look at the map and plan your evening in The City Beautiful!
There will be hand sanitizer available at the LMS tent as well as hand sanitizing stations throughout downtown. Our retailers have been encouraged to host sidewalk sales and pour wine tastings outside to encourage social distancing and minimize crowds in stores.
All are welcome downtown! If you do not drink wine, we hope you will still #getdowntown and enjoy an evening of live music and shopping with the merchants of Laurel Main Street!