Pine Belt residents celebrate family events in Laurel, Waynesboro, Hattiesburg

Pine Belt residents celebrate family events in Laurel, Waynesboro, Hattiesburg

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Jones County-area children with hopes of being a firefighter or a police officer got a chance Saturday to realize their dreams, for a few minutes.

Kids got to sit in fire trucks, police cars, big rig trucks and military vehicles during the annual "Touch-a-Truck" in downtown Laurel.

It was a fundraiser for the Laurel Main Street organization.

This year, new educational events were added to make it a fun day for the whole family.

"One of the most important things is that kids can have interaction with fire, police, the ambulance and it's not an emergency," said Judi Holifield, executive director of Laurel Main Street. "So, they get to build that relationship with those types of people who serve our community."

Holifield says the funds will be used for downtown enhancement projects.

Meanwhile, thirteen was a lucky number Saturday for a Wayne County festival celebrating trains, arts and crafts.

The annual Whistle Stop Festival, in its thirteenth year, featured lots of family activities, including tiny car and pony rides.

Several dozen antique and classic vehicles were part of a car show, and as you might expect, there were lots of little train rides.

Visitors also enjoyed lots of different types of food.

And in the Hub City, people took advantage of beautiful weather Saturday to take part in the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association's Spring Art Walk.

The event, which was rescheduled because of bad weather two weeks ago, featured about 40 local artists and musicians.

It included painting, photography, pottery and sculpture demonstrations.