HATTIESBURG, Miss – The Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival is celebrating is a 10 year milestone, October 3-5, 2015, in downtown Hattiesburg.
The festival will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, with a festival kick-off party at Mac’s Cafe, located at Mobile and 5th Streets.
This year the festival committee will host culinary celebrity, Deborah Hunter of Cooking with Honey and Friends and Deep South Dining. The community is invited to meet and greet the chef beginning at 10 a.m. on Mobile Street. Ms. Hunter along with other celebrity judges, will choose the winner of the Sho ‘Nuff Good Barbecue Cook-Off.
The committee will also unveil a “Twin Forks Rising Community Redevelopment District” monument sign at the corner of 4th and Mobile at 9 a.m. The sculptor of the monument is Vixon Sullivan, an up and coming young artist mentored by water colorist, Bobby Walters and well-known sculptor, Ben Watts.
A few of the activities,taking place on Mobile Street, include the Sho ‘Nuff Good Barbecue Cook-off and gospel performances by Bethlehem Travelers and Clarence Carter, among others.
Festival goers will also have the opportunity to enjoy arts, crafts, food booth, boxing, art exhibits, bike and step shows, along with youth music in the Children’s Village.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Mobile Street, a political stage will be available for those seeking election that would like to address those in attendance.
The festival is presented by the Rhythm Heritage Foundation, the Mobile Bouie Neighborhood Association and the City of Hattiesburg.
According to a press release from the City of Hattiesburg, “The festival is designed to celebrate the rich music and cultural heritage fo the historic black business and entertainment district of the City. Proceeds are intended to help to build resources for revitalizing the Mobile Bouie Neighborhood.”
Booths are currently available for rent for $80.00, with additional costs for water and electricity.
The entry fee for the Sho ‘Nuff Barbecue Cook-Off is $70.00.
Mobile Street, located between Batson and 7th street, will be closed to vehicular traffic during the festival.
For more information regarding the festival visit the Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival website or call 601.602.4669.