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Festivals held across the Pine Belt Saturday

Laurel's Day in the Park was one of a few festivals in the Pine Belt Saturday. Laurel's Day in the Park was one of a few festivals in the Pine Belt Saturday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Thousands of local residents spent Saturday celebrating either art, a popular creek or an unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French 150 years ago. It was all part of a busy day for festivals in the Pine Belt.

In Laurel, thousands of people visited Mason Park for the 40th annual Day in the Park. Sponsored by the Laurel Arts League, it gave people a chance to buy fine art, listen to live music and take part in other family-oriented activities.

"It's our main fundraiser that we host every year," said Andrea Milham, president of the Laurel Arts League. "The money that we raise from Day in the Park we use to promote and support arts in the community and we give away cash scholarships each year," Milham said.

A short distance away in Collins, thousands of people celebrated the 23rd annual Okatoma Festival. That event featured lots of carnival rides, arts and crafts and plenty of food.

"It brings people into this community and to buy things from the community, so yes, it is very good," said Anna Miller of Collins, who attended the festival. 

"It does a lot for the economy around here and all the people get to fellowship together, it's a real good time," said Larry Manning, who also enjoyed the event.

And in the Hub City, many folks prepared for Cinco de Mayo festivals. A favorite traditional spot for that celebration is Cuco's restaurant.

It was the site of a tragic random shooting on April 2 that wounded five people. The alleged gunman is in jail.

"I have a lot of support, people have come to see me from the Coast and I have people from Jackson coming...I call them my loyalty group," said Ricardo Mussiett, owner of Cuco's.

Cuco's has been celebrating Cinco de Mayo since the mid-1980s. 

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