Laurel Main Street Winner of the Outstanding Community Engagement Effort Award

Thomas Steinwinder with MMSA Executive Director Thomas Gregory

Outstanding Community Engagement Effort – This award recognizes an effort by a local Main Street program that brings a diverse cross-sector of the community together for a common purpose.

Winner: Laurel Main Street – Laurel Leap Day Tournament

“One of our most closely held beliefs is that good events can bridge gaps between cultures, demographics, and individuals. In an area where high school sports still fill bleachers in gyms and stadiums, a street ball tournament had all the markings of community engagement. Laurel Leap Day (a pun on both basketball and the leap year) took place the last Saturday in February, and it was a resounding success. The main event was an elimination-style tournament. 3-on-3 streetball sparked all the competition and fun Laurel Main Street could have hoped for, with crowds cheering for their favorite teams and players.

20 teams banded together to compete for the $500 top prize and, of course, bragging rights. For those who lost the tournament, a slam dunk competition and a three-point shoot-off gave chances for redemption. Attendees milled about shopping at downtown businesses and munching on the street fair food. With entry fees and sponsorships, the event was both free to the public and a fantastic fundraiser.”

Mississippi Main Street Announces 2022 Award Winners

JACKSON, Miss. (June 16, 2022) –

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the Annual Awards Luncheon at The South Warehouse in downtown Jackson.

The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development and preservation projects and events from Main Street communities in Mississippi.

“The Annual Awards Luncheon is the highlight of our year where we get to celebrate the people, projects, and initiatives that make Mississippi’s downtowns the hub of activity in their communities,” said Thomas Gregory, MMSA Executive Director. “Our local Main Street programs work hard to implement a strategic plan of work focused on downtown revitalization, and we are proud to recognize the success stories that our programs accomplished over the past year.”

MMSA staff presented the 2022 awards to recipients from Designated Main Street Communities throughout the state.

This year’s award recipients are:

Biloxi Main Street

Team Cleveland Main Street

Main Street Clinton

Main Street Columbus

Main Street Greenville

Main Street Greenwood, Inc.

Downtown Hattiesburg Association

Holly Springs Main Street Chamber

Laurel Main Street

Nettleton Main Street

New Albany Main Street

Ocean Springs Main Street

Main Street Pascagoula

Picayune Main Street, Inc.

Pontotoc County Main Street Chamber

Ripley Main Street

Senatobia Main Street

Sumrall Main Street Association

Starkville Main Street Association

Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association

Vicksburg Main Street Program

West Point Main Street

Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street Association

2021-2022 MMSA Board President Chris Chain of Renovations of Mississippi recognized award sponsors, annual investors, and special guests before presiding over the general business meeting.

In addition, the 2022 Nationally Accredited Main Street programs were recognized, as well as new community members, and Main Street directors who have served for 10 years or longer in their communities.

This year’s Annual Awards Sponsors include Hotel 27, Atmos Energy, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Belinda Stewart Architects, Mississippi State University Extension, the Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center, Main Street Pascagoula, and New Albany Main Street. Mrs. Paula Beasley of Gulfport provided the Charles Beasley Scholarship Award for the Outstanding Main Street Director of the Year.

The Mississippi Development Authority, Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power, and Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area were recognized as corporate sponsors of this year’s awards program.

In 2021, Mississippi Main Street’s Designated Communities generated 193 net new businesses, 49 business expansions to existing businesses, 603 net new jobs, 58 building rehabilitations, and 241 downtown residential units. In addition, 95 public improvement projects were completed as well as 14 new construction projects in downtown business districts. More than $186 million was invested by the public and private sectors in 2021, and more than 28,452 volunteer hours were recorded.

Every dollar spent in this organization results in $80 of private investment, the highest return on investment of any economic activity in the state. Since 1993, MMSA has generated more than $5.9 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.6 billion in public investment).

MMSA currently has 48 Designated Main Street Communities, five Network Communities, and 13 Associate Communities.

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2022 Award Winners

Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) is a catalyst for the preservation and economic revitalization of Mississippi’s historic downtowns and districts. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, MMSA helps lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of more than 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Summertime Fun in Downtown

Summertime fun in Downtown Laurel has begun and we would like you to join in on our fun this summer! School is out, vacations are beginning, and there are so many fun activities and events happening soon. Let’s take a peek into what summertime fun in downtown will look like this year.

Wine Down Downtown

Everyone’s favorite event is back for the summer on June 17th, July 22nd, & August 19th from 5-8 PM! There will be plenty of wine to taste throughout the downtown area, late-night shopping, live music, and fun for the whole family to join in on. Tickets will be available for purchase online very soon or at the event until 7 PM. Cheers! http://laurelmainstreet.com/wine-down-downtown/ 

Live in Laurel

The final Live in Laurel free, live music concert of the spring concert series will take place on June 11th in the TrustMark Art Park featuring Grits & Greens from 2-5 PM! Grab a cool drink, bring a chair, and relax to the sound of live music in the summertime air.

Downtown Thursdays:

Downtown Thursdays will begin with the Laurel Farmers Market from 5-8 PM and will keep rolling on with a family-friendly movie at The Backlot. Come have some summertime fun in Downtown with a really great lineup of movies! http://laurelmainstreet.com/downtown-thursdays/

Mississippi Made Event

Laurel Mercantile’s Mississippi Made Events will be hosted on June 11th & September 3rd from 9 AM-3 PM! This is your chance to support Mississippi‘s best local makers at their vendor booths in the Mercantile Front Yard.

“Matilda the Musical”

Laurel Little Theatre wraps up its 61st season with the hit musical, “Matilda the Musical” on June 2nd & 3rd at 7:30 PM, June 4th at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, and June 5th at 2 PM at LLT’s Downtown Laurel Arabian Theatre. Make your reservations through 601-428-0140 or visit their website for more information https://laurellittletheatre.com/#matilda.

Mini Golf at the Library

June 10th from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Laurel-Jones County Libraries will be hosting Adult Night for mini golf with unlimited mini golf, hors d’oeuvres, & 2 drink tickets for $25. Also, on June 11th from 9 AM – 3 PM the libraries will also be hosting Family Day! For a 4 pack for 1 round, tickets will be $15 each and sold at the door, including one round of mini golf and other activities. Children 4 and under are free, and additional Family Day single tickets are $4 each. https://www.laurel.lib.ms.us

Ribeye Sandwich Day

Head to The Knight Butcher on June 11th for Ribeye Sandwich Day and music! The ribeye sandwich meal comes with chips and a drink for $13 plus tax.

 

We hope you join the us for fun this summer. This is not all of the MANY events that will be happening over the course of the summer in Downtown Laurel, so check out our social media pages to find out about all of the fun summertime events as they pop up!

2022 Events at a Glance with Laurel Main Street

Save the dates for 2022!!!  Here are the official Laurel Main Street events for 2022! Start planning your trip to Downtown Laurel, Mississippi today just in time for one (or more) of our amazing events. 2022 is well underway and we could not be more excited for all of the fun events that it will bring. Let’s check them out together!

 

Magnolia State Bank’s Chili Cook Off

February 12th

Laurel Leap Day

March 5th

Community Bank’s Downtown Crawfest

April 23rd

Wine Down Downtown

March 25th, April 8th, May 13th, June 17th, July 22nd, August 19th

Downtown Thursday

June 23rd thru July 14th

Loblolly Festival

October 1st

Downtown Laurel Christmas Tree Lighting

December 2nd

Downtown Countdown

December 31st

 

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.