Wiggins is gearing up for the annual Pine Hill Festival to begin late next month, and the schedule is jam-packed with fresh entertainment and activities.

The two-day festival will take place downtown on April 30 and May 1.

After last year’s festival was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, Stone County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Betsy Rowell said the Stone County Chamber division is receiving a decent amount of interest so far.

“We are getting a good response,” Rowell said. 

On Friday, the first evening’s entertainment will begin with a welcome from Mayor Darrell Berry at 5:30 p.m. at the Pavilion in Blaylock Park followed with the annual Gospel Stage line-up, featuring talent from local churches until 9.

Vocalist Mary Miles and gospel artist Annie Bell Holder will perform first. Satchel McQueen’s Group of Singers will also play.

Kevin Stubbs will emcee the scheduled performers. Festival Planning Committee member and EDP Board member Marilyn Monroe schedules the musicians for Friday night. 

The next morning, the annual 5K, 10K and Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. The annual Mutt Strutt will also take place Saturday at 2pm. The event supports the local Stone County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

On Saturday, the festival’s entertainment will begin at 9 a.m. with Wayward Jones, a popular bar and grill performer. Little Jimmy, a Southern Rock and Blues band, will begin performing at 10:45 a.m. until noon. Pascagoula-based musician Jamie Hyatt is scheduled to perform at 12:30 until 2:45 p.m. The Gulf Coast Troubadours, a Lucedale-based cover band, will perform from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The Pine Hill Dulcimers will also start performing on the Pine Hill Board Walk Stage at 10 a.m.

Rowell said attendees can expect to see familiar vendors and activities downtown.

“Many of the regular food vendors have signed up and some of the arts and crafts vendors are back on board. They seem excited about getting out and about.”

There is still plenty of time to sign up as a vendor.

Vendors who are interested in participating still have time to apply for a booth. Same-day registration is available, but early registration is preferred. Early applicants also have a discounted entrance fee if they register on April 15 or before. For early registrants, the non-food vendor booth fee is $75 for a 10 by 12 space without electric service and $100 with electric service. After April 15, the price increases to $100 and $125, respectively.

Payment must be received in full to qualify for an early discount.

Food vendor booth fees are $400 for a 10 by 24 space. Games vendor fee is $300. All vendors must bring their own equipment and supplies. Vendor applications are available for download at the SCEDP website.
Interested applicants should contact the SCEDP office at 601-928-5418 or email at scedp@stonecounty.com.

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