Loblolly Festival Draws Near

Posted on: September 24, 2015


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 2015 festival, selling his creations as well as demonstrating the art of chainsaw sculpture through a grant from the MS Arts Commission.

A 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 to depict this year’s theme – “Loblolly Pine Tree – A Closer Look.” The art is judged by a blind panel of visual art experts. The art will be on display at the festival. The winning art will become the property of Laurel Main Street and will be featured in a downtown venue.

Join us for the 2015 Loblolly Festival in downtown Laurel, Saturday, October 3rd from 9am ’till 5pm!

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Vendor Rates: Deadline is September 25th
Arts & Crafts Vendors – $100
Food Vendors – $200
Organization Vendors – $75

For more informaiton, please contact the Laurel Main Street office at 601.433.3255 or www.laurelmainstreet.com