The 2015 Loblolly Festival – The best one yet!

That’s a wrap!

With 12,000 people coming out to stroll through the streets of Downtown Laurel, listen to great music, enjoy delicious food and to shop, shop, shop, this year’s Loblolly Festival was a grand success!

THANK YOU to all who worked so hard to make this our best year yet!

We would first like the thank the LMS volunteers and board members for making this day possible and for helping us organize this incredible event. The Loblolly Festival just wouldn’t be possible without you!

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and producers especially Southern Beverage Co., Sanderson Farms, Trustmark National Bank,  Own Your Hill Local Marketing, and Rasberry Financial Services!

To the City of Laurel, the Laurel Police Department, Laurel Fire Department and Parks & Recreation Department – thank you for your support and for helping to keep the festival-goers, vendors, musicians and volunteers safe!

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. Some of the organizations that helped bring it all together: The Junior Auxiliary, The Laurel Arts League, Laurel High School Beta Club, and JCJC PTK.

Thank you to Clairmont Designs for hosting our Children’s Art Area!

Thank you to Dayton Scoggins and the ladies from “Birds of Prey” for educating and entertaining us during the festival.

We appreciate the efforts of the local media and your continued support and coverage of this great event. With your help we were able to reach and serve more locals and out of town folks than ever before! Thank you specifically to the Laurel Leader Call for the fabulous 2015 Loblolly Festival Guide printed in last Thursday’s paper and for coverage in the new Dime Magazine before the event, to The Chronicle for publishing our story “The power of a historical name and the celebration to come” in the Chronicle Magazine, to WDAM for always being so gracious to cover our events and to all others who helped spread the word!

Lastly – thank you so much to the residents and business owners of Downtown Laurel. Your help in clearing the streets before the festival and in graciously allowing us to fill the downtown area with tents and jumps, trains and food trucks, is absolutely vital to the success of an event such as this. Your continued support for the efforts of the Laurel Main Street initiatives makes us so proud to call Downtown Laurel home!

See y’all next year at the 2015 Loblolly Festival!

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

2015 Loblolly Festival, Downtown Laurel, MS

Written by Judi Holifield

Judi Holifield's career as a music educator spans 25 years, and, before working for Laurel Main Street, she directed the Whole Schools Initiative for the Mississippi Arts Commission. She frequently serves as a grant panelist for arts agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and considers Laurel her home.