Always the first Saturday in October
The Loblolly Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in October and celebrates Laurel’s heritage as a sawmill town.
Vendors from several states, artists, crafters and craftsmen set up shop in the streets of downtown Laurel for this one day event. Live music of various genres can be heard throughout the day.
Food ranges from your first funnel cake of the fall to corn dogs, chicken on a stick and every variety of festival food imaginable. Our lovable lumberjack, Mr. Loblolly, visits with the crowd and will stop for a photo op, too!
Demonstrations vary from year to year, but a crowd favorite for sure is Dayton Scoggins, the chainsaw artist. Dayton will be on hand for the 2016 festival, selling his creations as well as demonstrating the art of chainsaw sculpture.
A cash prize contest for middle school and high school artists is sponsored by The Laurel Arts League. Students paint a door skin section supplied by Masonite Corporation. Themes vary from year to year. The art is judged by a blind panel of visual art experts. The art will be on display at the festival in Lee’s Coffee and Tea at 409 W. Oak St. The winning art will become the property of Laurel Main Street and will be featured in a downtown venue.
Interested in selling?
There are four categories of vendors at the Loblolly Festival: Food Vendor, Activity Vendor, Organization, Arts & Crafts. Applications are available beginning every July.
Food vendors are defined as any entity cooking or preparing food on site or serving a beverage. If the food has already been prepared, you are not a food vendor.
Activity Vendors are defined as any entity that is offering an activity in which attendees can participate as opposed to a specific product. Activities include but are not limited to pony rides, inflatable jumps, and obstacle courses.
Organizations are defined as any entity that is tax exempt including but not limited to civic or school clubs, schools, churches, nonprofits, etc.
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Crafts vendors are defined as any entity who A)Has a product that is not food cooked or prepared on site B)Has a product that is not a beverage C)Is not an organization. Please note that under the terms of the Cottage Food Bill, Arts & Craft vendors can sell food as long as it is prepared beforehand in a private residence.