Wine Down Downtown is Back for 2022

Wine Down Downtown is back for 2022 and we are SO excited! Will you be joining us to ‘wine down’ after a long week? This Spring, Wine Down Downtown will be hosted on March 25th, April 8th, and May 13th from 5PM until 8PM in Downtown Laurel! For more information on all things ‘Wine Down Downtown’ check out the page on our website by clicking here!

I’m Ready! I Want a Ticket!

If you will be joining us at Wine Down, you can purchase your tickets online here for $15! Make sure you select the corrcet day you would like and you must be 21 or older (ID required) to participate in wine tasting.We serve tastes that are equivalent to about a 2 ounce pour with pours being limited to 1 pour per person, per location. Also, there will be ONE entrance and check-in at the Laurel Main Street entry tent on the corner of Central Avenue & Magnolia Street. One unique aspect of this event is that your ticket is Laurel Main Street Wine Tumbler that changes every month!

Attend Wine Down March 25th to get this wine tumbler when you purchase a ticket to taste!

Fun for Everyone

Beer/Liquor/non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased from several downtown restaurants as well as The 5000, The Knight Butcher, Mimmo’s, Cafe La Fleur, The Loft, Shug’s, Lee’s Coffee & Tea, and Scotsman General Store will also be serving various drinks besides wine. Bring your kids and family to allow them to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather at the parks in downtown and some live music by The Classix at the TrustMark Art Park! We will also have BINGO cards at check-in that can be stamped at the businesses along Central Avenue and within the construction areas.

Limited Edition Wine Down Tees

‘Sip Sip, Horray!’ We will be selling limited edition Wine Down Downtown tees for $25 at the event & we will have sizes S-3X! T-shirts can be purchased when you check-in at the Laurel Main Street tent. These t-shirts will be first come first serve, so get to Downtown early to get yours!

We would like to extend a special thanks to our volunteers, downtown business owners, the City of Laurel, sponsors, and donations provided by Community Bank, Doc’s Eastside Wine and Liquor & George’s Wine and Liquor.

 

Jump into March with Laurel Leap Day

This Saturday, March 5th, from 10 AM to 5 PM, the second annual Laurel Leap Day 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be taking place in Downtown Laurel on Front Street!

Get your teams together and register to play in the tournament! Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament. 1st place will win $500, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100. The 1st place team will also receive the Laurel Leap Day trophy and bragging rights for a year!

If playing on a team isn’t your style, then enter the Slam Dunk Competition or the 3-Point Shootout to really show off your skills during half-time! Each of these competitions is $10 to enter, kids and adults are welcome, and you can also win cash prizes. There will also be a Best Uniform overall winner!

2022 Schedule of Events

Friday, March 4th

3:00 PM: Blind drawing for bracket slots (Facebook live).

5:00 PM: Tournament bracket will be posted to social media with estimated times for the first games.

Saturday, March 5th

10:00 AM: Tournament begins

12:00 PM: Tournament pauses:

Kids Free Throw competition 

Announcement of Best Uniform award

3-Point Competition

Dunk Competition

1:30 PM: Tournament resumes

3:30 PM: Youth dance team performs before the championship game

4:00 PM: Winners announced!

 

Our Distinguished Judges

 

 

 

 

 

 

First up, we have HGTV’s HomeTown star, Ben Napier!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next is Grace Amos from Laurel City Council, Ward 6!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least is Darren Dodd, the Senior Vice President at First State Bank!

 

Fun On & Off the Court

Come out this Saturday to cheer on these teams and all your local basketball players participating; FREE admission! There will be food trucks, beer and beverages, and a DJ! We are so excited to have DJ Trey Trizzle at this event. The food vendors that will be at Laurel Leap Day will include: Boochie Brothers BBQ, Norton Holifield Corn Dogs & Tea, and Pasta Bella. There’s been a lot of big talk between the teams this year, and the competition is definitely going to be heated on the court!!

Thank You, Sponsors!

Nothing is possible without the support of these fantastic sponsors making this event bigger and better than the first year! Thank you for your sponsorship!

Slam Dunk Sponsor:

First State Bank

Sharp Shooter Sponsors:

Gilchrist, Sumrall, Yoder, Yoder & Leggett

South Central Regional Medical Center

PlayMaker Sponsors:

Lott Furniture

Longleaf Tea Co.

PRESS RELEASE: Laurel Main Street and First State Bank’s Second Laurel Leap Day

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

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to be Held in Downtown Laurel

Laurel Main Street and First State Bank’s Second Laurel Leap Day

Laurel, MS––February 21, 2022–– Laurel Main Street and First State Bank will host Laurel’s only 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Laurel Leap Day. The event will take place in the parking lot on Front Street from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M on Saturday, March 5th.

Spectators can expect food vendors, beer service, and a live DJ while cheering on their favorite team. This event is free to attend. Watch Laurel Main Street’s social media for possible weather contingency plans.

The tournament is double elimination, and teams may have no more than 5 players. There is a $50 entry fee per team and cash prizes will be given at the end of the tournament. 1st place will win $500, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100.

All players must be 18 or older, and players under 21 must submit a consent form signed by their legal guardian. The tournament is open to all types of teams — male, female, and coed.

Along with the tournament, players can enter the dunk competition and the 3-point shootout. Entry fees are $10 for each competition, or $5 for the kids’ 3-point shootout.

There will be a mandatory Team Captain meeting on Monday 2/28/22 from 5:30-7:00 P.M. at the Laurel Train Depot. Register today at www.laurelmainstreet.com!

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

Meet the 2022 Chili Cook Off Judges!

The teams are doing final preparations until the big competition of the 2022 Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off in Downtown Laurel! Make sure to get your tickets and be ready to taste the best chili in Mississippi on Saturday, February 12th. The chili cook off judges are going to have a tough job of picking a winner.

 

Let’s Meet the Judges!

For the first time EVER, we’re choosing a Chili Cook-Off judge by random draw! All you have to do to enter is become a member of Laurel Main Street. The chance to be a 2022 judge comes along with playing the important role of being a supporter of Downtown Laurel’s bright future. To be entered into the drawing to become the surprise judge, head over to www.laurelmainstreet.com to become a Laurel Main Street member!

 

 

 

 

Elliot Bell is the chef and owner of Bird Dog on Short 7th Avenue here in Laurel, Mississippi, which he runs with his family. He has spent most of the last two decades working in various kitchen roles along highway 30A in Walton County Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk Durham is the director of Hometown and producer of Ben’s Workshop. He is so excited to call Laurel home – and to be a judge!  In Kirk’s 20+ years in TV, he’s produced cooking shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Emeril Lagasse’s Eat the World.  Originally from California, he lives in Laurel with his wife, Christy, and son, Nolan – with a daughter in college in San Diego.

 

 

 

 

 

Jermarcus Ross is the Director of Tumbling at ACE Cheer of Laurel! He’s been serving Laurel as a mentor and leader for years. Recently, he’s been traveling more and experiencing various foods and cultural cuisines. He is super thrilled to see what the Chef’s throw at them. Jermarcus said that he will be sure to help bring energy and excitement to the judges’ panel!

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this event possible!

 

So much hard work goes into this event and it would not be possible without the incredible sponsors by our side! Thank you!

 

Signature Sponsor: Magnolia State Bank

Blazing Sponsors: B Clean, LLC & Jones County Board of Supervisors

Hot Sponsors: Sanderson Farms, The City of Laurel, Jones County Chamber of Commerce, and Southern Beverage Company

Spicy Sponsors: Mississippi Power & Mike Axton

Our Producers: B95 Country/Rock 104, Supertalk Laurel, Studio5fifty, The Laurel Shop, Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar, Jeremy Brooke, United Way of the Pine Belt, The Loft on Central Ave, Dunn Roadbuilders, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Endom Trailer

 

PRESS RELEASE: Magnolia State Bank’s 10th Chili Cook-Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Susan Ladd
Laurel Main Street
(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

 

2022’s Hottest Event: Chili Cook-Off’s 10th Anniversary

Magnolia State Bank’s 10th Chili Cook-Off–Laurel Main Street’s First Event of the Year

 

Laurel, MS––February 2, 2022–– Laurel Main Street and Magnolia State Bank proudly present the 10th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off, to be held on Saturday, February 12th, 11AM-3PM.

 

Chili Cook-Off is back after 2021’s hiatus and will be bigger and better than ever! Tickets are for sale online or on-site. The options are $15 for all-you-can-taste or $30 for all-you-can-eat and a handmade pottery bowl by Jeremy Brooke. The $30 option is limited, so act fast!

 

In addition to chili, attendees can expect beer service, music, an opportunity to vote on ‘People’s Choice’, and plenty to enjoy in Downtown Laurel after the event.

 

Do you want to be a surprise judge? Become an individual or family member of Laurel Main Street for a chance to be the judge of honor this year. The team entry deadline and the announcement of the surprise judge will be Monday, February 7th.

 

This event is family-friendly and rain-or-shine. However, Laurel Main Street asks you to please leave your furry friends at home. Kids under 12 eat free! No worries if your child doesn’t like chili, they can grab a free hot dog from the Magnolia State Bank hospitality tent.

 

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, become a member, and to get tickets for Chili Cook-Off, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

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