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Hattiesburg holds 32nd Annual Hubfest

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HATTIESBURG, MS -

It was a busy day in Hattiesburg as roughly 30,000 people gathered in downtown Hattiesburg for the 32nd annual Hubfest.

Elizabeth Radley with the Area Development Partnership said this is the festival's biggest turn out yet.

Hubest is really a great tourism opportunity for this state and this city," said Radley, "It brings in economic development dollars and brings people into Hattiesburg that are from outside the region.

At Hubfest there was live music, food and activities like community members repelling off the Carter building.

"That was me screaming after I got over the bumpiness and jumpiness of making myself move," said Dulana Reece, one of the people who took up the challenge to repel off the historic building.

People rappelled down the building for a good cause. The volunteers were required to raise $1,000 before they could participate in the event The money raised will go to Extra Table, a non-profit that gives food to soup kitchens and pantries in Mississippi. The event raised about $60,000.

“Seeing that communal activity to get together and help feed those who need it was very inspiring,” said Executive Director Michael Dixon.

For locals like Parker Shirley, Hubfest is a yearly tradition.

“We come ever year to have a good time, enjoy the people and the food enjoy the music,” said Shirley.

Next year Radley said she hopes to see even more people at the event.

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