• Happenings: 70th Annual Miss Hospitality

    Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Mississippi Miss Hospitality will host its largest competition in more than a decade, welcoming 44 contestants to Hattiesburg in July. 

    This year’s program features not only the contestants but their Little Misses and former state Miss Hospitalities as well. The Platinum Jubilee competition will take place at 8 p.m. July 26 and 27 at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

  • BOPB 2019: Attractions and Lifestyles

    BEST AMBASSADOR OF THE AVENUES
    Mary Dryden

    Finalists: 
    Paul Sims • Hunter White • Bradley Myers • Jamers Iverson

    BEST DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG AMBASSADOR
    Andrea Saffle

    Finalists: 
    Greg Prine • Harry Goff • Heath Kleinke • Keenon Walker

    BEST LAUREL AMBASSADOR
    Ben and Erin Napier

    414 Front St, Laurel
    laurelmercantile.com

    Finalists:
    Kenny and Carrie Mann • Christy Liverett • Chad Edwards

  • BOPB 2019: Food and Drink

    BEST APPETIZER
    Crabmeat Wontons,

    Crescent City Grill
    3810 Hardy St, Hattiesburg
    crescentcitygrill.net

    Finalists: 
    Cheese Rolls at Glory Bound Gyro Company • Debris Fries at Keg & Barrel • Fresh Rolls at Jutamas • Sully’s Sacks at Sully’s Tavern

    BEST BAR AMBIENCE
    Brass Hat

    103 South 30th Ave, Hattiesburg
    brasshatmidtown.com

    Finalists: 
    Branch • Keg & Barrel • Front Street Bar • Mahogany Bar

  • BOPB 2019: Recreation, Health & Beauty

    BEST BARBER SHOP
    JC Cook’s Barber Shop

    5266 Old Highway 11 #80, Hattiesburg
    facebook.com/jccooks39402

    Finalists:
    The Barber Studio • Guild and Gentry • Squared Up

    BEST CHIROPRACTOR
    Brandon Herrington, Herrington Chriropractic

    4700 Hardy St Ste M-1, Hattiesburg
    drbherrington.com

  • BOPB 2019: Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    "Desperate Times & Blind Eyes" by Midnight Revel

    Finalists:
    "The Sound" by Ty Trehern • "Fade" by Goth Dad • "Touro Street" by Brotha Josh and the Quickness • "A Feeling You Can't Get Back" by The Devil Music Co.

    BEST LOCAL PODCAST
    A Paranormal Chicks

    Finalists:
    Church of Tobey • District Sound Wave • Everything is OK! • To The Top Talk

    BEST BURLESQUE PERFORMER
    Amanda Robertson

  • BOPB 2019: Shops, Wares, & Services

    BEST ATTORNEY
    Elizabeth Porter

    301 West Pine St, Hattiesburg 
    elizabethporterlaw.com

    Finalists:  
    Lane Dossett • Robin Roberts • Shawn Lowrey • Tangi Carter

    BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP
    Phillip’s Car Care

    80 Rawls Springs Loop Rd, Hattiesburg 
    facebook.com/PhillipsCCC

    Finalists:
    98 Tire • Warrior Tire & Service • Bedrock Customs & Auto Repair • Affordable Auto Care

  • Happenings: July

     

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  • Laughs 4 Life

    While the annual Laughs 4 Life may be a fun and relaxing night out for many, to founder Kent Oliver it’s that, plus much more.
    Laughs 4 Life found its way into the life of Oliver in 2015, when at the age of 34 he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. After months of procedures, chemo, and treatment locally at the Forrest General Cancer Center, as well as the Mayo Clinic, Oliver underwent a stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt University, which has greatly improved the long-term outcome for him, his wife, Candace, and two daughters, Charlotte and Anna.

  • hall of fame dinner & induction ceremony thursday, june 27

    A legendary blues musician, a champion of the disabled, a civil rights heroine, a Catholic priest with a heart of gold, and two iconic restaurant owners consist of this year’s group of inductees into Signature Magazine’s Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame.

  • AWARD SHOW looks TO BE BIGGEST, BEST

    When Signature Magazine publisher David Gustafson threw out the idea of hosting a Oscar-style, red carpet award show in conjunction with FestivalSouth’s annual ‘Best of the Pine Belt’ competition five years ago, even his own staff raised an eyebrow or two.
    But thanks to their encouragement and hard work – and the overwhelming support of the greater Pine Belt community – the annual Best of the Pine Belt Award Show became a reality and has quickly become one of the biggest and most-talked-about nights of the year.

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