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Laurel Main Street receives Mississippi Arts Commission grant

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Laurel Main Street

The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) awarded Laurel Main Street a $400 grant to present to Dayton Scoggins, award-winning chainsaw artist, at the 2015 Loblolly Festival. This grant is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the Commission will award in 2015-2016 made possible by the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities across Mississippi,” stated Dr. Tom Pearson, Executive Director at MAC.  “This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organizations to continue their work of reinforcing the value of the arts and the role they play in creative place-making and economic development.”

The Loblolly Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2015, is the largest downtown event that highlights the regional food, vendors and musical acts unique to the Pine Belt. The unusual name of the festival, Loblolly, refers to a specific type of pine tree native to South Mississippi.

Scoggins embodies several aspects of the festival as he resides in the Pine Belt and crafts stunning sculptures out of the material that built the region - wood. Each year Loblolly Patrons attending stand in awe as he creates masterpieces out of seemingly lackluster logs. Scoggins has also made several pieces for Laurel Main Street including a pine cone honoring Loblolly and the traveling Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off trophy.

For more information about the 2015 Loblolly Festival or to become a vendor visit www.laurelmainstreet.com. For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Susan Liles at (601) 359-6031 or sliles@arts.ms.gov.

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