Last minute preparations underway for Mobile St. fest

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Last minute preparations are being made for an annual event celebrating the history of the Mobile St. area in Hattiesburg. The 6th annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival begins Friday night. It's a three-day affair, which starts with a boxing exhibition and blues music.

Saturday's activities include an arts and crafts fair, with food, live entertainment and games for kids.

Sunday, the festival wraps up with a gospel extravaganza.

"It's all about revitalization of this historic neighborhood, the Mobile St. neighborhood, which at one time, was a thriving African-American business district and we're looking to revitalize that historical street," said Anthony Johnson, executive director of the Rhythm Heritage Foundation. That organization is one of the sponsors of the festival.

Johnson expects more than 10,000 people to visit the festival this year.

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