It’s the most wonderful time of the year — It’s time for Loblolly Festival! This year’s festival is one you won’t soon forget because it’s our largest Loblolly Festival EVER! Here are some tips to help you enjoy the festival, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran. Loblolly Festival is one of Laurel’s biggest events with over 12,000 people attending annually, so lace up your walking shoes, it’s festival time!
Beat the Crowds:
The festival officially starts at 9am, so if you want to get first pick of the merchandise or avoid the crowds, come early.
Get a T-Shirt While You Can:
Stop by the Laurel Main Street trailer, which will be stationed on West Oak St., and purchase a Loblolly Festival t-shirt. Make this one of your first stops because these shirts will go fast!
Wear Your Walking Shoes:
Loblolly Festival covers almost all of the central business district of downtown Laurel and includes over 120 vendors, crafters, performers, and activities. You’re bound to see a lot of people you know and some you forgot you knew!
Check the map and schedule:
When you arrive be sure to pick up a map. If you’re a strategic shopper, this will definitely make it easier for you to find any specific vendors you came to see.
Some vendors accept credit cards, but not all do. There is an ATM located downtown at the Laurel Welcome Center inside the First National Bank building.
Be sure to check out the brick and mortar merchants too:
Most downtown retail stores and restaurants are open during the festival and many offer sales, specials, and live entertainment.
Check the weather:
Loblolly Festival is a rain or shine event so check the weather and dress accordingly. The Laurel YWCO will be open and available to the community from 10am – 2pm during the Loblolly Festival. Come in to cool off and enjoy your lunch in the tea room!
Carrie Cullum is a native of Laurel and graduated from R.H. Watkins High School. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Carrie started her social media marketing business, The Social Pages, in 2013. She enjoys partnering with small business owners and watching their businesses grow and succeed!