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Rockin’ Railroad Festival promises something for everyone

Inky the Clown

Along with the musical entertainment scheduled for Saturday’s Rockin’ Railroad Festival, event organizers have included several other attractions that are sure to appeal to most everyone.


The kids’ zone will be set up in the parking lot on the west side of Ragsdale Avenue.  Several fun jumps will be inflated in the area, along with a slide and a basketball throw.  The Hazlehurst United Methodist Church will also sponsor a dunking booth.

Other activities include: haystack dig, 10 a.m.; Pumpkin painting, noon; face painting, 2 p.m.; apple bob, 3 p.m.  A kiddie train will be offering rides for a minimal fee.  Book reading will go on in a designated area, as well.

Inky the Clown will appear from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Inky has performed for children and adults of all ages for 28 years all over the state of Mississippi.  He juggles and performs magic tricks.

Staffing the kids’ zone will be members of the Hazlehurst JROTC, Boy Scouts Troop 36 and Girl Scouts Troop 5012, both of Hazlehurst, and students from Copiah Academy.

Volunteers from Americorps will also be assisting with various parts of the festival.  


In the historic Hazlehurst Depot, several local artists and writers will be displaying works and signing books.  Additionally, student and adult competition art with the theme of Rockin’ Railroad Festival, will be displayed and voted on in the Depot.  Winners of the contest will be announced in the afternoon.  (See page 1B for more details.)



Several arts and crafts vendors will be set up along Ragsdale Avenue, offering lots of local flavor and fare.  Items range from hand made merchandise to toys to raffle tickets.

Food vending will be handled by the county’s volunteer fire departments, who will be utilizing the event as a fundraiser for new equipment.  On the menu are donuts, sausuge biscuits, coffee and hot chocolate for the early risers and pulled pork sandwiches, red beans and rice, chicken-on-a-stick, corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage dogs, fried candy bars, fried apple pie with ice cream and ice cream.  Pepsi is providing all beverages, which will be sold at each food booth.


Classic and modified Mustangs–and yes, Camaros–are only a few of the eye-pleasers that will be displayed at the Festival along Ragsdale Avenue.  Entrants will have a chance to win one of several prizes, and most will enjoy just being there to show off their hard work and investment.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Courier office.  For more information contact Janet Foster at 601-894-3988.

Horse and buggy rides will be provided by Mangold Carriage Rentals beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until the evening.

The first annual Rockin’ Railroad Festival promises to be a great time for everyone.  Please come out and support your event!  For more information contact the Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce at 601-894-3752.

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