Thank You for Another Incredible Loblolly Festival!

Another festival is in the books!  THANK YOU for an INCREDIBLE Loblolly Festival! Our vendors, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees made this year’s festival one for the record books and proved that the threat of a little rain couldn’t keep our festival-goers at bay!  Thank you to all who came out to stroll through the streets of Downtown Laurel, listen to great music, enjoy delicious food, shop and play!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all who worked so hard to make this year’s festival such a grand success!

First, we would like to thank the Laurel Main Street volunteers and board members for making this day possible and for helping us organize this incredible event. The Loblolly Festival just wouldn’t be possible without you!

Next, thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, especially Howard Industries, Jones County Board of Supervisors and Chamber of Commerce, Sanderson Farms, Southern Beverage, B Clean LLC, South Central Regional Medical Center, Trustmark National Bank, BancorpSouth, Enviro, Gilchrist Sumrall Yoder Yoder & Leggett PLLC, Community Bank, Holt & Associates, Magnolia State Bank, and First State Bank.

To the City of Laurel, the Laurel Police Department, Laurel Fire Department and Parks & Recreation Department — thank you for your support and for helping to keep the festival-goers, vendors, musicians and volunteers safe!

Many organizations came together to cover the logistics of producing an event of this size. We are so appreciative of your time and efforts to make this all possible.  We would specifically like to thank Studio 5 Fifty, Own Your Hill, Black Horn Productions, Slowboat Brewing Co., and Clairmont & Co.

We appreciate the efforts of the local media and your continued support and coverage of this great event. With the help of the Laurel Leader-Call, The Impact, WDAM, B95, Rock 104, and SuperTalk, we were able to reach and serve more locals and out of town folks than ever before!

We would like to thank the Laurel Arts League for their partnership in producing the Art on Masonite contest.  Congratulations to these fine young artists!

Art on Masonite

3rd Place – James Englert, South Jones

Art on Masonite

3rd Place – Karson Wardell, West Jones

Art on Masonite

2nd Place – Kaitlin Jarrell, South Jones

Art on Masonite

1st Place – J.P. Person, West Jones High School

Scarecrow Harvest

Thank you to all the businesses who participated in this year’s Scarecrow Harvest!  It was a rousing success and saw more participation and creativity than we ever envisioned!  Congratulations are in order for these outstanding participants!

Honorable Mention

Patina’s, Dunn Roadbuilders, Rasberry Financial Services, Creative Computer, Today’s Furniture, and Peddler’s JUNKtion

3rd Place

Brooke & Rea Boutique

Brooke and Rea

“Marilyn Mon-CROW”

2nd Place

Oak Street Salon

Oak Street Salon

“The Headless Horseman”

1st Place

Magnolia State Bank

Magnolia State Bank

“CROW-nado”

Lastly, we would like to thank the residents and business owners of Downtown Laurel. Your help in clearing the streets before the festival and graciously allowing us to fill the downtown area with tents, rides, and food trucks, is absolutely vital to the success of an event such as this. Your continued support for the efforts of Laurel Main Street makes us so proud to call Downtown Laurel home!

See y’all next year at Loblolly Festival — Saturday, October 6, 2018!

 

Loblolly Festival: Things to Know Before You Go

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — It’s time for Loblolly Festival!  This year’s festival is one you won’t soon forget and here are some tips to help you enjoy Loblolly Festival, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran.  The Loblolly Festival is one of Laurel’s biggest events with over 12,000 people attending annually, so lace up your walking shoes, it’s festival time!

Beat the Crowds:

The festival officially starts at 9am, so if you want to get first pick of the merchandise or avoid the crowds, come early.

Get a T-Shirt While You Can:

Stop by the Laurel Main Street trailer, which will be station on West Oak St., and purchase a commemorative Laurel Main Street 10 year anniversary t-shirt or a Loblolly Festival t-shirt.  Make this one of your first stops because these shirts will go fast!

Wear Your Walking Shoes:

Loblolly Festival covers almost all of the central business district of downtown Laurel and includes over 120 vendors, crafters, performers, and activities. You’re bound to see a lot of people you know and some you forgot you knew!

Check the map and schedule:

When you arrive be sure to pick up a map.  If you’re a strategic shopper, this will definitely make it easier for you to find any specific vendors you came to see.

 

Bring cash:

Some vendors accept credit cards, but not all do.  There is an ATM located downtown at the Laurel Welcome Center inside the First National Bank building.

Be sure to check out the brick and mortar merchants too:

Most downtown retail stores are open during the festival and many offer sales, specials, and live music.

Check the weather:

Loblolly Festival is a rain or shine event so check the weather and dress accordingly.  The Laurel YWCO will be open and availableto the community from 10am – 2pm during the Loblolly Festival.  Come in to cool off and enjoy your lunch in the tea room! 

Come for the Festival; Stay for the Music

There are so many reason to look forward to fall in the south… a break from summer’s temperatures, football, pumpkin spice everything, and LOBLOLLY FESTIVAL!  This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, October 7th and will feature live music, craft demonstrations, vendors and food trucks from across the south.

Let Us Entertain You!

Our music lineup offers something for everyone!

From 9:00 -10:00 a.m., Pinebelt musician and artist, Thomas Jackson, will take the stage. At 10:20 a.m.Scott Chism & the Better Half will bring their traditional country style to the stage.  You’re sure to be entertained by their blend of traditional country and hillbilly bluegrass!  During the lunchtime hours (11:55-1:00 p.m.) you’ll enjoy the unique mix of originals plus covers styled by Galen Martin & the Crutches.  Be sure to stick around for the cutting edge sounds of award-winning bluesman, Lightnin Malcolm, beginning at 1:35 p.m.  This one-man-band has rocked juke joints across the south combining elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country.  Rounding out our performers this year is southern rock guitarist, George McConnell & The Nonchalants.  You might recognize McConnell from his time as lead guitarist in the bands Beanland, Kudzu Kings and Widespread Panic.  McConnell’s style blurs the lines between classic rock, jazz, soul, blues, and country, and creates a sound all his own.  With two decades of stage experience, you’re sure to be entertained by this Mississippi native!

 

Official 2017 Loblolly Festival Music Lineup

9:00 a.m. – Thomas Jackson

10:20 a.m. – Scott Chism & the Better Half

11:55 a.m. – Galen Martin & the Crutches

1:35 p.m. – Lightnin Malcolm

3:30 p.m. – George McConnell & The Nonchalants

 

Laurel Celebrates Mississippi Bicentennial with Community Photo Stories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Mississippi – July 27, 2017 – Blue Magnolia Films in partnership with The City of Laurel, Laurel Main Street, The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Chisholm Foundation and local organizers, will host a FREE public screening, Saturday, July 29, 7- 9 p.m. at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, to premiere a series of photo stories, produced by local community leaders, to commemorate the Mississippi Bicentennial.

The photo stories, each three minutes in length, will celebrate the theme, “Home Is Our Heritage” highlighting the importance of Laurel’s unique heritage from diverse perspectives.

Resulting photos stories will be posted online using social media and will be integrated into downtown revitalization projects, including a “walkable” gallery, community events and a book project highlighting Bicentennial stories around the state.

Participants include: Akeem Davis (free agent, NFL), Katrina Cox (Choral Director, Maddox Elementary School), Samantha Nowicki (Lauren Rogers Museum of Art), Richard and Portland Brown (Hair World), Larry and Pamela Thomas (Thomas Pharmacy), Chris Wilson (Realtor), Joseph Cooley (Artist), Katelyn Bryant (Teacher, Maddox Elementary School) and Brooke Davis (Black Horn Productions).

Additional support provided by Laurel Mayor, Johnny Magee, Laurel Chamber of Commerce, and local caterers, Marilyn Fuquay and Rod Hollins/Hi5Eats.

 Laurel is one of ten cities elected to participate in “Celebrating Storytelling”, a Mississippi Bicentennial project that will culminate with 100 community voices by the end of the year.

Alison Fast, Founder of Blue Magnolia Films says, “Storytelling is a powerful way to pay homage to the themes that have carried Laurel from its beginnings, and will continue to guide the success stories of people who live here and make Laurel ‘home’.” 

WHAT:  Celebrating Storytellers: Home Is Our Heritage (Mississippi Bicentennial Event)

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 7-9 PM

WHERE: The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

WHO: 9 community storytellers 

CONTACTS: Alison Fast c. 310-497-7109/ Email: alison@bluemagnoliafilms.com 

Judi Holifield  judi@laurelmainstreet.com Tel: 601-433-3255 

LINKS: www.bluemagnoliafilms.com / FB: @BlueMagnoliaFilms

COST: Free and open to the public. 

Oak Street Salon: We’re at Your Service

Friends With a Common Dream

With over 30 years of combined experience, Oak Street Salon is the go-to house of style in the business district of Historic Downtown Laurel.  Owners, Deidra Maddox and Betty Gaudet met more than 20 years ago while working at a salon together, and have been a dynamic duo ever since. Throughout many years of working at different places in town, thOak Street Salon opened in Downtown Laureley always dreamed of owning their own business together.  Nearly three years ago, they took the plunge and opened their business on Oak Street in Downtown Laurel. Their vision for the future is simple; hold your business accountable to the reputation you have created for yourself.

At Your Service

Business owners, Deidra and Betty, take pride in the special services they provide their clients.  The pair specialize in the latest trends for cuts, colors, hair treatments, waxing, manicures, and pedicures. They also cater to their clientele by offering valet parking to those in need, booking early morning and late evening appointments, and working in walk-ins.  Oak Street Salon places true meaning behind the term “at your service.”

Oak Street Salon’s clientele spans generations.  Deidra and Betty have come to think of their clients as an extension of their own families as well.  With all the combined experience and expertise of the stylists at the salon, there is no new trend or style that Oak Street Salon can’t perfect. The key to their success is to treat everyone like family. When it comes to service, they truly believe in the benefits found in staying in touch with the younger generation, along with learning valuable lessons from the older generations as well. Oak Street Salon will always provide an open, welcoming environment for all their clientele, and look forward to their bright future downtown!