31st annual Mother's Day Blues Festival comes to town

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The 31st annual Mother's Day Blues Festival was hosted at the Laurel Fairgrounds on Sunday. Creator and Laurel native, John Reid, says the event started  as an event to celebrate the mother's in his community. Now, the event has now turned into one of the largest single-day events in Southeastern Mississippi.

"It's just grown tremendously," says Reid. "People just look for this particular occasion to come to town."

Reid now lives in Michigan where his production company, JTR Productions, is based. Organizers say each year they come down to Mississippi to host the event just for mothers in the area.

"It's all blues," says organizer Eunice Joplin. "Everybody comes out and enjoys it. We just want to give something back for the mothers of Laurel, Mississippi and all the surrounding cities."

Officials say close to 20 vendors participated as well as 10 musical acts including Blues and Soul singer Sir Charles Jones and up and coming recording artist and Laurel native, Tina Pittman.

"It's just great to be doing this on Mother's Day," says Sir Charles Jones. "I've been doing this for 21 years to coming to Laurel, Mississippi but just being here for Mother's Day is a special engagement for Sir Charles."

Reid says even though he no longer lives in the Pinebelt, Mother's Day will always call him back to Laurel.

"Let me put it like this, I (am) home so regularly now (that) my friends don't look for me," he said. "They just say old John is back in town."