(The following is a press release submitted to WDAM7 from the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood.)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood is tuning up the 18th Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam presented by Southern Beverage Co., with an exciting mix of musical acts including zydeco, bluegrass, a brass band and cover music. This annual music event takes place on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Walthall Park (located at 600 Walnut Street at the intersection with Rebecca Avenue) in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood in Downtown Hattiesburg.
This year's event will feature great acts like Grayson Capps, The Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Brass-A-Holics, and the 6550's. The Downtown Crawfish Jam (DCJ) will offer great music, boiled crawfish, hot dogs, sausage dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and beer, a Kids Zone with various slides and jumps for kids of all ages, and a family friendly atmosphere. Also available in the kids zone will be Bop's Frozen Custard selling ice cream and a snow cone vendors.
The day will kick off in the morning with the 4th Annual USM CPSG's (Council Psychology Student Government)Voodoo (Zombie) 5K run. The Voodoo run will take place on Saturday morning, April 16th starting at 8 a.m. in downtown Hattiesburg, ending at Walthall Park at 9:30 a.m. prior to the start of the Downtown Crawfish Jam. For more details about the 5K, visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/CPSG5Krun.
Advanced Tickets are on sale now at www.thegooutpage.com , Twin Forks Wine & Provisions- 409 Hemphill Street, Downtown; T-Bones Records - 2101 Hardy Street, Midtown; and Signs First - 4400 Hardy Street, West Hattiesburg. Advanced Tickets are: Junior Ticket $30 (under 21) and Adult Ticket $40 (includes admission plus all-you-can-eat and drink). Valid I.D. required at the gate to receive the "all you can drink beer" wristband. Day of the event tickets will be $50 for adults, $30 for under 21, and children 12 and under are admitted free and get a limited food ticket. There will not be a general admission ticket- all tickets are all-inclusive. (Crawfish Guaranteed until 3pm only)
"Pets, tents and coolers will not be allowed in this year," said Brian Saffle, DCJ Chairman. "We are expecting a large crowd this year, so we are making every effort to make sure our guest enjoy the day. Rain or shine the event will happen, but we are all praying for a beautiful spring day," said Saffle.
Parking for this year's event will be made easier as well thanks to Sacred Heart School and Grove Transit. Parking will be available at the Sacred Heart High School campus located at the corner of West Pine and 2nd Ave, as well as the church parking lot, and Grove Transit will shuttle people throughout the day back and forth between the parking lots and the Walthall Park. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited parking on the streets in the neighborhood. Walnut Street will be closed off between Hall Avenue and Rebecca Avenue and Rebecca Ave will be closed between Walnut St and Court St.
Proceeds from the Festival are reinvested in the community through the HHNA and Walthall Foundation; providing support for projects and events in the Downtown Hattiesburg area. Some of these projects include Historic Preservation Projects and upkeep of the Walthall property as well as, events like the Victorian Candlelit Christmas.