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Moss Point plans fun by the river for 115th anniversary

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/2012Benny McCoy of McCoy's Swamp and River Tours returns to the Pascagoula River Audubon Center after a tour in Moss Point.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/2012Benny McCoy of McCoy's Swamp and River Tours returns to the Pascagoula River Audubon Center after a tour in Moss Point. SUN HERALD

Moss Point, which became a city April 29, 1901, will celebrate its 115th anniversary with a variety of activities.

A Spring Health Fair will kick off the celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Pelican Landing Conference Center.

But the Riverfront Center and Park will be a host site for the weekend’s anniversary festivities.

On April 29, Mayor Billy Broomfield and the Board of Aldermen will host a three-hour anniversary reception open to the public at the Riverfront Center and Park, which is the old riverfront recreation center, beginning at 6 p.m. Past and current elected officials will be honored and the oldest living Moss Point-native man and woman will be recognized.

On April 30, Fun By-The-River will kick off with a Run the River 5K at 8:30 a.m., hosted by Singing River Federal Credit Union. For registration, call Tony Roberts at 272-1192. The run will start at the Pelican Landing parking lot, head south across the river bridge on Mississippi 613 to McInnis Avenue and back north on 613 to Pelican Landing.

At 10 a.m. at the riverfront, Broomfield will blow the horn for the start of the first American Outboard Federation boat race. Boats will race until 5 p.m. Fun By-The-River will host exhibits from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. such as Soap Box Derby cars and antique cars.

Also April 30, Parade of Memories participants will line up at 10 a.m. at the Magnolia Middle School parking lot for a noon celebration of decorated cars, floats, bicycles, walkers, bands and more. The theme is Remembering Our Past. Businesses, churches, schools, banks and other groups are encouraged to participate.

At 5 p.m., winners from the parade will be announced. Live band music, food, a raffle and a fireworks show in the evening will round out the celebration.

For vendor information or to register for the parade or exhibits, call Cathy Keeton, director of Community Development, at 474-2345 or the city’s Recreation Department at 475-7887.

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