March 15, 2016
In some of the deep south’s best small towns even the street names proclaim the area’s ties to agricultural culture and the power of the natural world.
Pine Street is one of the best of these, located in Downtown Wiggins and surrounded by the towering Longleaf pines from which it borrows its name.
These stately pines served not only to help build both the economic and literal foundations of the small town of Wiggins MS and all of the surrounding areas, but they also inspired one of the oldest festivals in the entire state of Mississippi.
Now, many decades later, you have the opportunity to participate in what has become an important local tradition, the Pine Hill Festival.
Beginning Friday, March 18 and running through Sunday, March 20, crowds will gather up and down historic Pine Hill and throughout Blaylock Park and the surrounding areas. You’ll enjoy the best of the festival favorites; great food, fantastic music, children’s activities, arts and crafts and the knowledge that you’re a part of something vital and significant to the Stone County area, a rite of passage for locals and travelers alike.
With the best activities, vendors, food and music, the 2016 Pine Hill Festival is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy this gorgeous spring weather with your family and friends. Come out early Saturday for the annual 5K, 10K and Kid’s Fun Run at 8AM.
Next, watch our adorable furry friends participate in the Stone County SPCA’s annual “Mutt Strut” event at 2:00PM! And of course we can’t forget the Red Creek Classics Car Club show at the Historic Courthouse!
Kicking off the historic Pine Hill Festival on Friday evening on the Stage at Blaylock Park is local favorite Brent Bond & Elusive Behavior 6 – 8 p.m.
Get your Saturday started with tunes from Double-Dee performing at 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. followed by the Stone High Jazz ensemble at 11:15 a.m.. Mechelle & Bouie Creek from Central Mississippi perform familiar Bluegrass at 12 Noon followed by regional favorite, Autum Rise-N, country, southern rock and dance music 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Next up, Nouveaux Cajun Xpress featuring foot-stompin’ Cajun Zydeco, Louisiana Swamp Pop music. At 5:30 p.m. singer/songwriter and Nashville performer Todd O’Neill Band takes center stage with his in-you-face style of rock & roll-country-soul music that is sure to be a resounding hit.
Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. enjoy local church choirs and praise bands. Closing out the festival from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. will be Gospel Grass Revival, a regional Bluegrass gospel band.
The 2016 Pine Hill Festival is presented by Carpenter Pole & Piling and produced by the Stone County EDP - Chamber Division. Without our vital sponsors, events like this would be nothing more than an idea or vision to create something wonderful for our community. From all of us at the Stone County EDP, thank you to all who make this event possible!
Hood Industries · C Spire · Whites Pharmacy and White House · Stone County Nursing and Rehab Center · Animal Care Clinic · Enviva Pellets Wiggins, LLC · Alexander Hardware and Supply
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