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First-ever Live Oak Festival set in April

The city is hosting its first-ever Live Oak Arts Festival downtown on April 17.

The festival will kick off at 9 a.m. and  feature art vendors, food, classic car displays, a Live Oak tree giveaway, children's activities and and live entertainment.

An outdoor concert will round out the daylong event beginning at 6 p.m. and featuring the sounds of the band "Before Breaking" and "Danny Myrick & Friends."

"There will be something for everyone,” said
Rebecca Davis , the city's Main Street and special events coordinator.  "We’ve even joined with Pascagoula ’s Junior Auxiliary to combine their annual J.A. Day ," which Merchants & Marine Bank is hosting this year.

The Live Oak tree giveaway starts at 10 a.m. as part of hte city's "Replant South Mississippi" partnership through the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.

"A major focus for us is our commitment to the preservation and celebration of Live Oaks within our city," said Sonny Backs, a member of the the festival's planning committee. "We’ll be hosting a dedication ceremony in honor of one of our oldest Oaks Friday night before the festival begins Saturday.”

T-shirts and posters featuring local artist Mary Bet Evans' color painting of a majestic Live Oak surrounded by the city's downtown landmarks will be on sale.

"Twenty five of the posters will actually be signed and numbered by the artist so you'll want to arrive early for your chance to purchase one," said Jamie Cowart, the planning committe's chairman.

For more information, call 938-6604 or visit the city's website at

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