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!

Downtown Thursdays – Central Sunbelt Summer Series

Summers in Downtown Laurel have something for everyone and this year is sure to be the best yet!

The Downtown Farmers Market

It all kicks off on Thursday, June 1st at 3:30 with the Farmers Market.  This event allows fruit and vegetable producers, local artists, crafters and cooks to bring their delightful and delicious creations directly to the public.  If you want to sample the best of homemade, handcrafted, and homegrown products, stop by and see everything this event has to offer.Get there early and get a cool cup of fresh blueberry lemonade to enjoy while you shop!  We will also host an assortment of food trucks!  The Farmers Market is located at the end of 5th Avenue in the residual parking surrounding the Jones County War Memorial. The pedestrian brick path between Library Street and Carroll Gartin Blvd., specifically.

The Laurel Farmers Market opens each Thursday in June from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information on how you can participate in the Farmers Market, click here.

Downtown Movie Night

Agape Church is also producing the Downtown Movie Night again this year! Every night after the Farmers Market, Movie Night will host hundreds of Laurelites for FREE family friendly movies. With an assortment of vendors selling food and drinks, this is a night for the whole family to enjoy!

Agape Church, in partnership with Coca-Cola of Laurel and B&C Welding and Fabrication, proudly announce the Coca-Cola Fireworks Show on June 1st in Historic Downtown Laurel! This event is ABSOLUTELY FREE so plan on arriving early to get a good space in our new location, The Backlot at Magnolia Street! The fireworks show is scheduled to start at approximately 8:15pm followed by the showing of Disney’s MOANA. Various snacks, food, drinks, Downtown Movie Night T-Shirts and raffle tickets for a custom made, gas, granite top fire pit (valued at $1600) will be available for purchase that night as well. For more information and movie schedule check out the Downtown Movie Night website www.WeAreLaurel.com.

We are so appreciative of the generous sponsorship from Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union!