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Several events hosted in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday

Reginald Williamson of Moss Point, Miss., turns his barbecue turkey legs at the Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival Saturday. Photo credit WDAM. Reginald Williamson of Moss Point, Miss., turns his barbecue turkey legs at the Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
Scott Allen of Guild's Grocery BBQ in Biloxi prepares a barbecue plate at the 4th annual Downtown BBQ Showdown at Walthall Park Saturday. Photo credit WDAM. Scott Allen of Guild's Grocery BBQ in Biloxi prepares a barbecue plate at the 4th annual Downtown BBQ Showdown at Walthall Park Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
A Unified Southern Fried Pride march takes place in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM. A Unified Southern Fried Pride march takes place in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Thousands of people visited downtown Hattiesburg Saturday for an annual festival focusing on the Mobile Street area.  

The 11th Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival featured music, a children's village, various vendors and lots of good food. A bike show, an art show and a Pokemon scavenger hunt were also part of the event. 

"We have been coming to it since 2010 and we enjoy it every year," said Sheniece Witherspoon, of Hattiesburg.     

A few blocks away Saturday, more than two dozen barbecue cooks from across the South gathered at Walthall Park for an annual competition.   

The 4th "Downtown Barbecue Showdown" brought in 27 barbecue chefs who served up chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.  

Live music was also provided.  

The event was a fundraiser for the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. 

"We like people coming down here, we want them to experience what it's like downtown and in the historic district, because there's no place like it," said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.     

The event was also sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

The Grand Champion was "Bootyque" from Fairhope, Alabama. 

And Hattiesburg's LGBTQ community highlighted a week of "Unified Southern Fried Pride" with a walk through downtown Saturday afternoon. 

A 20-minute march began and ended at Town Square Park, the site of "Pride in the Park."

It was a second annual event hosted by the Hub City's Spectrum Center.

"I feel like it's a great thing to be able to show people we're here, we're your neighbors, we are a part of your community," said Curt Ellis, who was visiting from Jackson. "I'm really happy with the turnout, actually."     

Activities will conclude Sunday with a service at Joshua Generation Metropolitan Community Church, a brunch at the Porter Pub and afternoon tea at The Tavern.  

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