What is Loblolly Festival?
The Loblolly Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in October and celebrates Laurel’s heritage as a sawmill town. Parking and admission are free, so bring the family and get ready for a fun-filled day!
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It's Loblolly weekend in Laurel, and I've found my favorite in the town scarecrow contest. 😍 (Fun fact: Laurel was founded in the late 1800s as a lumber mill town and was considered the yellow pine capitol of the world. @scotsman.co is the mascot for our town's fall heritage festival every year.) #iliveinlaurel #loblollylover
Vendors from several states, artists, crafters and craftsmen set up shop in the streets of downtown Laurel for this one day event. From mid-morning to late-afternoon musicians and songwriters will display their talents on the Loblolly Stage. Festival goers will be enticed by the aromas of the food trucks lining Oak Street. Enjoy authentic festival food like funnel cakes, chicken-on-a-stick and award winning barbecue. You won’t be able to miss the flannel-adorned Laurel Lumberjack who stands nearly a foot taller than all around him. He quickly draws a crowd and is happy to oblige those requesting photos.
Look on as a talented artist cranks his chainsaw and shapes logs and limbs into beautiful artwork at this favorite festival attraction, funded by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Teens flock to the Art on Masonite contest, hoping to find the winning ribbon pinned to their own creation. The Kids’ Zone at the Loblolly Festival grows every year too! There’s something for children of all ages! Soon, the 2018 Loblolly Festival will be a recent memory, but for now, there is still time to experience the fun and nostalgia as we celebrate our storied past and enjoy our artful, musical, delicious present.
Join us for the 2018 Loblolly Festival in downtown Laurel! Saturday, October 6th from 9am ’til 4pm