HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Music promoters in Hattiesburg Saturday hoped some hard rockin' sounds would focus attention on some unpleasant downtown smells. The "Hattiesburg Stink Fest" was a music and arts event with the goal of bringing attention to the ongoing problems of foul odors in the eastern part of town.
Organizers wanted folks to enjoy the music of more than one dozen different bands. And they also wanted to encourage local government officials to work together to find a solution to the problem.
One government official, Ward Four Councilwoman Mary Dryden, was invited to speak at the event. She gave attendees an overview of the problem and an update on progress that's being made to improve the city lagoon and treat industrial waste.
"My hope and my prayer is that this is behind us very quickly," said Dryden. "Complacency causes communities to collapse and the fact that you came today, the fact that you want to be aware of this problem and find out what can be done about it, shows that you care about Hattiesburg," she said.
"I'd like to see the City make a move on it and start getting the problems fixed," said Michael Peerboom, festival director.
He said about 15 bands from the Hattiesburg area, as well as Jackson and Starkville, were scheduled to perform at the event.