Hattiesburg festivals take place despite threat of Nate

Hattiesburg festivals take place despite threat of Nate
The 12th annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival was held in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
The 12th annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival was held in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Most scheduled outdoor festivals and events in the Hattiesburg area took place Saturday, despite the threat from Hurricane Nate.

In Hattiesburg, St. John Lutheran Church hosted its 39th annual Oktoberfest celebration.

Visitors enjoyed traditional German food and music and most church members said they were prepared for the storm.

"I put everything up and out of the way, so I'm ready," said Willie Noffke.

"We bought water and canned goods and bread and when we go home, we're going to take all of our outside stuff inside the house," said Monika Hogan.

Money raised from the event funds mission projects for the church.

In downtown Hattiesburg, folks were ready to celebrate the history of the Mobile Street area and were preparing for Nate.

The annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival featured lots of music, food and other activities.

Most folks we spoke with said they were ready, but not too concerned about the storm.

"I've been through Camille, I've been through Katrina so I put mine in the hand of The Lord and he'll take care of me," said Sandra McBride Jones.

"All you've got to do is pray," said Sheila Sandifer, a vendor at the event. "I know it's coming, but I hope it's not going to be as bad as they say it was."

This was the 12th year for that festival.