WIGGINS, MS (WDAM) - Thousands of people visited downtown Wiggins Saturday for one of the first major street festivals of the Spring in the Pine Belt. They shopped with dozens of vendors, ate corn dogs or chicken fingers and enjoyed live music at the annual Pine Hill Festival. It was hosted by the Chamber Division of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership and was presented by Carpenter's Pole and Piling, Inc.
Organizers expected about 10,000 people to attend the festival, which is the largest single event in Stone County. It featured a large car show, lots of children's games and activities and a performance from country music star Jeff Bates.
"It showcases our county and our city and the City of Wiggins...it gives (visitors) a chance to get familiar with what we have to offer," said Ike Harbuck, chairman of the board for the Stone County Economic Development Partnership.
"It's got great activities for all the children to play and great booths, the prices are really good," said Beverly Howse, a Gulfport resident who attended the festival.
"The festival is great," said Bill Yeomans, a vendor from Rockmart, Ga. "We love going to new places and meeting new people," he said.
Some festival activities were also held on Friday night.