SAVE THE DATE: Magnolia State Bank’s Chili Cook-Off

We are proud to present the 2023 date of Chili Cook-Off now that it’s back home on Central Avenue!

Go ahead and put this one on your calendar, because you sure don’t want to miss this! Look forward to more details soon–below is what you need to make your plans now.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

500 Block of Central Avenue

Downtown Laurel

Tickets

Chili is sold by the All-You-Can-Eat $15 entry and by the Bottomless $30 keepsake pottery bowl. Bottomless bowls are hand crafted by local potter, Jeremy Brooke.

Purchase online here.

Stay tuned for judge announcements and more fun as the event gets closer! 

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

Final Downtown Thursday of the Summer

Do you love homemade and homegrown items? Are you looking for a place to relax on a Thursday evening? Shop for those Mississippi-grown items at the Laurel Farmers Market, and then relax with some live music and a movie night on the FINAL Downtown Thursday of the summer!

This Thursday, July 14, will be our last Downtown Thursday of the summer! First, join us for the farmers market and live music featuring Charayana & Band from 5 to 8 PM. Then, settle down in the back lot to enjoy an outdoor movie night featuring Encanto.

Everyone has had so much fun on Downtown Thursdays, and we don’t want you to miss your chance to join in on the fun! Thank you to Central Sun Belt and all volunteers who make Downtown Thursdays with the Laurel Farmers Market and Downtown Movie Night possible!! Laurel Main Street is so happy to be a part of this event that makes summertime in Downtown extra fun!

Summertime Fun in Downtown

Summertime fun in Downtown Laurel has begun and we would like you to join in on our fun this summer! School is out, vacations are beginning, and there are so many fun activities and events happening soon. Let’s take a peek into what summertime fun in downtown will look like this year.

Wine Down Downtown

Everyone’s favorite event is back for the summer on June 17th, July 22nd, & August 19th from 5-8 PM! There will be plenty of wine to taste throughout the downtown area, late-night shopping, live music, and fun for the whole family to join in on. Tickets will be available for purchase online very soon or at the event until 7 PM. Cheers! http://laurelmainstreet.com/wine-down-downtown/ 

Live in Laurel

The final Live in Laurel free, live music concert of the spring concert series will take place on June 11th in the TrustMark Art Park featuring Grits & Greens from 2-5 PM! Grab a cool drink, bring a chair, and relax to the sound of live music in the summertime air.

Downtown Thursdays:

Downtown Thursdays will begin with the Laurel Farmers Market from 5-8 PM and will keep rolling on with a family-friendly movie at The Backlot. Come have some summertime fun in Downtown with a really great lineup of movies! http://laurelmainstreet.com/downtown-thursdays/

Mississippi Made Event

Laurel Mercantile’s Mississippi Made Events will be hosted on June 11th & September 3rd from 9 AM-3 PM! This is your chance to support Mississippi‘s best local makers at their vendor booths in the Mercantile Front Yard.

“Matilda the Musical”

Laurel Little Theatre wraps up its 61st season with the hit musical, “Matilda the Musical” on June 2nd & 3rd at 7:30 PM, June 4th at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, and June 5th at 2 PM at LLT’s Downtown Laurel Arabian Theatre. Make your reservations through 601-428-0140 or visit their website for more information https://laurellittletheatre.com/#matilda.

Mini Golf at the Library

June 10th from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Laurel-Jones County Libraries will be hosting Adult Night for mini golf with unlimited mini golf, hors d’oeuvres, & 2 drink tickets for $25. Also, on June 11th from 9 AM – 3 PM the libraries will also be hosting Family Day! For a 4 pack for 1 round, tickets will be $15 each and sold at the door, including one round of mini golf and other activities. Children 4 and under are free, and additional Family Day single tickets are $4 each. https://www.laurel.lib.ms.us

Ribeye Sandwich Day

Head to The Knight Butcher on June 11th for Ribeye Sandwich Day and music! The ribeye sandwich meal comes with chips and a drink for $13 plus tax.

 

We hope you join the us for fun this summer. This is not all of the MANY events that will be happening over the course of the summer in Downtown Laurel, so check out our social media pages to find out about all of the fun summertime events as they pop up!

Crawfest: Pinch, Peel, Eat, Repeat

It is officially time for the return of Community Bank’s Downtown Crawfest this Saturday, April 23rd starting at 11 AM and continuing on until 3 PM! There will be live music, drinks, and LOTS of crawfish to taste all day long in Downtown Laurel!

 

Save Me Some Crawfish!

If you are looking for the perfect thing to do this Saturday, it is to come to Front Street for our annual crawfish festival! Check-in will begin at 11 Am at the corner of West Oak & Front Street, where you can purchase a $15 ticket for all the tastings you desire, or a $30 ticket for endless tastings and 5lbs of crawfish & add-ins! Tickets will be available for purchase at check-in or online by clicking here. Kids under TWELVE enter & eat for free! Not wanting to indulge in any crawfish? That’s okay, you can purchase Chick Fil A on-site and still hang out with us!

What else is happening?

  • We will be “splitting the pot” for cash! Purchase 1 ticket for $10 OR 5 tickets for $40. You do not have to be present to win.
  • T-Shirts will be available for purchase $25! Check out our social media page to enter a giveaway to win a free shirt plus another goodie thanks to Community Bank.

  • We will have live music by Ty Taylor & Kinfolk!

  • Our Downtown merchants will be open for business. Stop by and shop around, you may even get a good deal during the event!

 

We are so excited to have you join us this Saturday for a day full of fun and crawfish! This event would not be possible with out the support of our amazing sponsors and volunteers. We would like to give a special thank you to Community Bank & the Sertoma Club of Laurel!! Make sure to check out who will be picking our winners of the crawfish festival on our blog: 2022 Crawfest Judges plus a Surprise Judge! See y’all Saturday!!