Festival South events continue in Hattiesburg

Festival South events continue in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Festival South events are continuing in the Pine Belt.

Saturday morning, dozens of runners and walkers took part in the second annual Festival 5K.

It was a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

That organization grants wishes for children who are battling life-threatening illnesses.

"These wishes are very lengthy sometimes and are not cheap, so Make-a-Wish depends on donations from people and fundraising like the 5K," said Rachel Ciraldo, development coordinator for the Hattiesburg Concert Association.

That organization presents Festival South.

Saturday afternoon, festival events continued with an interactive musical activity for families.

The "Music of Africa Brass" was an exploration of African music with a New Orleans twist.

Musicians in the group gave children a chance to play some of the instruments and families were encouraged to sing along.

That event was held at the historic Eureka School, which is being renovated for use as a civil rights museum.

"The history of this school is a unique thing for Hattiesburg to have and as this gets more renovated, it's a perfect place for this kind of event," said Jennifer Clark, Festival South Artie Coordinator.

"We, of course, would like to introduce (the children attending) to their neighbor only two hours south, and talk about how New Orleans and West Africa are connected, and they are connected for over 300 years," said Jeff Klein, founder and director of Africa Brass.

The show was sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission.

And Festival South was also associated with an annual Hattiesburg flower show that is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

The 21st annual Daylily Show was hosted by the Hattiesburg Daylily Society.

It featured about 425 entries.

Several ribbons were presented for winners in various categories.

The event also included a plant sale.

Live music was presented by Festival South.

The festival runs through June 18.