Events, musicians and vendors are in place for the annual Pine Hill Festival Friday and Saturday on April 30 and May 1. Sandra Kirke, who serves as executive secretary for the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, said there are 65 vendors committed so far and she is expecting more.
“I expect more vendors probably around 70 to 75,” Kirke said.
Kirke said several former vendors said they were waiting this year out because of COVID-19, but many more are returning for the event.
She also said volunteers were still needed to make sure the festival was a success.
Kirke said the event typically requires anywhere from three to five volunteers to help in three-hour shifts. Some shifts are available on Thursday evening to help set up, and others are available for Friday and throughout Saturday.
To volunteer or sign up as a vendor, reach out to the EDP Chamber Division at (601) 928-5418 for more information.
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. Berry will be followed by 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 Pine Hill Classic 5K, 10K and Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. and 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 annual Mutt Strutt will also take place at 2 p.m. The event supports the local Stone County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.