Ready, Set, Boil!

One of our favorite times of the year is finally here! Saturday, April 17th, 2021, is the annual Community Bank’s Crawfest! After the year that we have had, everyone is itchin’ to get out of the house in some beautiful weather and eat as much crawfish as they can physically stand.

The corner of West Oak and Front Streets will be lined with several teams that are fired up to win Crawfest 2021! Not only will the title of winner be on the line, but these cooks have worked hard to hone their skills to showcase some unique and delicious recipes that will make us Laurelites take notice.

This year’s judges are ready to see what our teams have brought to the crawfish table! From enthusiasts to down-home cooks, expect them to really dig in!

Schedule

10:00 A.M. – Teams check in.

11:00 A.M. – Gates open and crawfish is served!

2:30 P.M. – Our Crawfest 2021 winner will be announced!

3:00 P.M. – End of event. Time to head home and sleep off that crawfish coma!

Our list of prizes for our winners are as follows:

Traditional Award – $500 cash prize/Large platter by local artist

Covfefe Award – $500 cash prize/Large platter by local artist

People’s Choice Award – $100 cash prize/Small platter by local artist

Spirit of Crawfest Award – $100 cash prize/Small platter by local artist

This is a cash only event, but you can purchase your tickets early online! $15 gets you inside the gate, and it allows you to taste the entire time. For $30, you get endless tasting, add-ins, AND 5 whole pounds of crawfish to take with you for that after-nap snack! There will be live music and beverages to add to your experience.

Click link to purchase your tickets!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-banks-crawfest-tickets-144495583179?fbclid=IwAR36Bj-CqJlTB5XeKhyYaOajUoN-bESNBrNHT4xxSsBWtT1YCU3QQGnWtsU

Kids under the age of 12 get free entrance and tasting, and Chik-Fil-A will be available for anyone wanting to enjoy the fun of the event without the crawdaddies.

Remember to bring out your inner judge when tasting because you will be voting for the winner of the People’s Choice Award!

Also, we love pets, but please remember to leave them at home during this event! We can almost guarantee that when you step through your front door smelling of delicious boil, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from your fur babies!

We Love our Sponsors and Producers!

We could not even begin to bring fun and family-friendly events like this to you without the support from our local businesses and sponsors. Because of their endless gratitude we are able to keep Downtown Laurel on the up-and-up with improvements! This benefit is also benefitting the Sertoma Club of Laurel!

Meet Our Sponsors

 

 

Laurel Main Street’s Chili Cook-off Canceled in Caution of COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Susan Ladd
Laurel Main Street
(601) 433-3255 info@laurelmainstreet.com

CHILI COOK-OFF IS CANCELED

Laurel Main Street’s Chili Cook-off Canceled in Caution of COVID-19

Laurel, MS––January 14, 2021–– Laurel Main Street h​ as confirmed the cancellation of this year’s Chili Cook-off, sponsored by Magnolia State Bank, originally scheduled for February 13, 2021. After discussion between the Laurel Main Street Board and Mayor Johnny Magee, the formal decision has been made to call off this event.

Due to the nature of this event, there would be no way to effectively socially distance or guarantee the health and safety of attendees. Laurel Main Street will continue to abide by any COVID-19 related mandates or regulations in place and will follow the advice of state and local leaders.

The organization has plans to move forward with seasonal events in 2021 and will follow any regulations that may still be in place. It is of the utmost importance that all locals and visitors of Downtown Laurel get to live, work, eat, and play safely.

Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, Miss., through preservation and economic growth. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

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LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

 

PRESS RELEASE

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Laurel Main Street                                                                                                                                                     Executive Director

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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!

Top 5 Reasons to Shop Local This Holiday Season

This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy. Shop Small and support your favorite small businesses – both in-store and online – all holiday season long.

1. Economic Stimulus. Supporting local is more than just a hashtag, it’s a lifestyle. Shopping locally supports local families and our local economy by keeping dollars local, so they can make more of an impact in our town. When someone opens their own business, they hire local people, pay local taxes, and source goods locally. When you shop local, you expand opportunity for others in your community. The health of small business is a direct reflection of the overall well-being of a community. Healthy Small Businesses = Healthy Local Economy.

 

2. Connect & Experience. We live in a “buy with one click” world. But there are still many consumers who want an experience, who desire interaction; that’s where small businesses and downtowns can thrive. They serve as a place to socialize and gather. Shopping locally means bumping into friends, benefitting from the expertise of local retailers, enjoying lively streets, and discovering something new. In a world where people are plugged in 24-7, many folks still desire a unique shopping experience.

3. Job Creation. Small, local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Compared to Amazon, independent retailers create 2x as many jobs for the same amount of revenue.1 Plus, the more jobs you have in your local community, the less people are going to have to commute, which means more time and less traffic.

4. Community Investment. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future. Local business owners also donate more to local charities than non-local owners. In places with more local businesses, people have stronger social ties2 and participate in more civic affairs.3

5. You Matter More. You might have read about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or “voting with your wallet.” It’s a fact that all businesses respond to their customers, but your values and desires are much more influential to your local business than the big box stores.

Promoting the “support local” initiative is something that we celebrate as an organization on a daily basis. We value strong partnerships with the business community, and we believe that people want to support local businesses too. But if you MUST shop on Amazon, consider enrolling in the AmazonSmile program and designating Laurel Main Street as your charity of choice. Click here for more information on the AmazonSmile program and how you can help local non-profits.

 

Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It Means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources, employ local workers, and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependant on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.

– paraphrased from Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.

 

  1. “Amazon’s Stranglehold,” Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Nov. 2016
  2. “The Health and Wealth of US Counties,” Troy C. Blanchard, et. All., Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, 2011.
  3. “The Configuration of Local Economic Power and Civic Participation in the Global Economy,” Troy Blanchard and Todd L. Matthews, Social Forces, June 2006.