THANK YOU for an INCREDIBLE Loblolly Festival! This year’s festival saw over 150 vendors and over 10,000 attendees packing the streets of downtown Laurel. In addition to being the largest Loblolly Festival ever, it was also, quite possibly, the hottest Loblolly Festival ever. 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 great 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. LMS volunteers meticulously marked each vendor’s booth space on Friday evening, and were back downtown early Saturday morning to direct vendor traffic and assist with setup. 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, Trustmark National Bank, BancorpSouth, Coca-Cola, Gilchrist Sumrall Yoder Yoder & Leggett PLLC, Community Bank, Holt & Associates, Magnolia State Bank, Mississippi Power 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 keeping the festival-goers, vendors, musicians and volunteers safe, and our downtown clean!
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, Slowboat Brewing Co., Clairmont & Co., The Knight Butcher, Crescent Line Toys, Masonite, Jr. Auxiliary of Laurel, and Pro-Flow Motorsports.
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!
1st Place – Mackenzie Masters, West Jones High School
3rd Place – Olivia Thornton, West Jones Middle School
2nd Place — Grace LaPan, Northeast Jones High School
Thank you to all the businesses who participated in this year’s Scarecrow Invasion! It was a rousing success and saw more participation and creativity than we ever envisioned! Congratulations are in order for these outstanding participants!
Trustmark Bank, Patina’s, and Sherrell Upholstery
The Loblolly Boutique/Crescent Line Toys
Oak Street Salon
Jack and Jill Consignment Boutique
1st Place — Jack & Jill Consignment Boutique
We also saw tremendous participation and creativity in the inaugural Jr. Scarecrow Invasion! Congratulations to the following participants:
St. John’s Day School “Blackbird Pie”
Nora Davis Magnet School “Crayola Box”
St. John’s Day School “Reese’s Candy”
1st Place — Jr. Scarecrow Invasion — St. John’s Day School
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 5, 2019!