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.
BEST AMBASSADOR OF THE AVENUES
Paul Sims • Hunter White • Bradley Myers • Jamers Iverson
BEST DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG AMBASSADOR
Greg Prine • Harry Goff • Heath Kleinke • Keenon Walker
BEST LAUREL AMBASSADOR
Ben and Erin Napier
414 Front St, Laurel
Kenny and Carrie Mann • Christy Liverett • Chad Edwards
Crescent City Grill
3810 Hardy St, Hattiesburg
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
103 South 30th Ave, Hattiesburg
Branch • Keg & Barrel • Front Street Bar • Mahogany Bar
BEST BARBER SHOP
JC Cook’s Barber Shop
5266 Old Highway 11 #80, Hattiesburg
The Barber Studio • Guild and Gentry • Squared Up
Brandon Herrington, Herrington Chriropractic
4700 Hardy St Ste M-1, Hattiesburg
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"Desperate Times & Blind Eyes" by Midnight Revel
"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
Church of Tobey • District Sound Wave • Everything is OK! • To The Top Talk
BEST BURLESQUE PERFORMER
301 West Pine St, Hattiesburg
Lane Dossett • Robin Roberts • Shawn Lowrey • Tangi Carter
BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP
Phillip’s Car Care
80 Rawls Springs Loop Rd, Hattiesburg
98 Tire • Warrior Tire & Service • Bedrock Customs & Auto Repair • Affordable Auto Care
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.
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.
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.