LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Thousands of visitors are expected to shop, eat and enjoy live music in downtown Laurel this Saturday during the annual Loblolly Festival.
The event showcases historic downtown Laurel and is a much-needed boost to the local economy.
This year, folks can see a real Lindsey log wagon and shop with about 120 different arts, crafts and food vendors.
They can also have photos taken with the festival mascot, Mr. Loblolly.
"We've heard (there is) anything from 15 to 20 percent increase in revenue that day and that's what we're about, promoting our downtown," said Judi Holifield, chair of the Loblolly Festival. "If our downtown is healthy, our community is healthy, our county is healthy," she said.
The event will also, for the first time, have a working blacksmith and a crafting area for children. An open house will also be held at City Hall, which is celebrating its centennial.