• Four more welcomed to the bopb hall of fame

    For the third year, Signature Magazine inducted four new members into the Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame. Inductions were made during a dinner at 206 Front and sponsored by First Bank, prior to the Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show at the Saenger Theater.

  • The Best of the Best

    Eight years ago, Signature Magazine instituted the Best of the Pine Belt Awards, designed to showcase the Who’s Who of the Pine Belt’s businesses, personalities, cuisine and charitable organizations. That was followed four years later by the Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show, where the awards were given to spotlight the people, places and businesses that make the area unique.

  • And the Winners Are...


    Best Unsung Hero
    James Moore

    Andrea Saffle • Kathy Garner
    Dr. LB Bell • Sarah Newton


    Best Local Instagrammer
    Alex May (@mindful_yet_mindless)

    Smellin Keller Moreno (@smellin_keller) • Tyner Sullivan (@mr_todd_tomorrow)
    Bridget Prater Smith (@blendingbybetty) • Larran Ulmer (@ripeweb)


    Best Musical Group
    Pine Belt Pickers

  • Festival Families

    The Best of the Pine Belt Awards show kicks off a summer of excitement  at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at the Saenger Theatre.

    Each year, the competition has grown and this night of fun reveals the area’s top choices after months of online voting. It also is the official release of the June edition of Signature Magazine, highlighting the winners and the official program for Hattiesburg’s premiere cultural arts event, FestivalSouth.

  • 2017 Best of the Pine Belt Winners


    Best Auto Dealership
    Petro Nissan

    RUNNERS UP: Ryan Chevrolet • Toyota of Hattiesburg • Vardaman Honda


    Best Women's Clothing
    Eve Marie's

    RUNNERS UP: Fly Boutique • Material Girls • The Abbey


    Best Men's Clothing
    Randy Price & Co.

    RUNNERS UP: John White, Ltd. • Go Young Fashion (Downtown) • Go Young Fashion (40th Ave)


    Best Kids Clothing
    Banana Peel

  • Giust, Thomley create FS art

    One of the highlights each year at FestivalSouth is the art created specifically for the annual event.

    Hattiesburg artist Amy Giust, who is best known for her abstracts, has been a part of the festival since its inception, creating a collection of artwork.

    Giust was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied art at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and then again later at the University of SouthernMississippi in Hattiesburg.

  • Best of the Pine Belt voting has closed

    Voting is now closed for the 2017 "Best of the Pine Belt" competition. After receiving more than 63,000 nominations during the month-long nomination period, finalists were chose in each category. And after nearly two months of voting, more than a half a million votes have been cast.

  • Thomley creates FS sculpture

    One of the highlights each year at FestivalSouth is the art created specifically for the annual event. Since its inception, Mississippi sculptor Ben Watts has provided seven sculptures to the festival. However, due to his workload, this year Watts is passing the torch to a previous FestivalArtist, Jeremy Thomley. His sculpture for FestivalSouth’s eighth season is titled “Muse.”

  • FestivalSouth returning June 1-17

    FestivalSouth, will return to Hattiesburg event venues June 1-17 with an unprecedented line-up of events, performances and presentations.  Now in its eighth season, The Hattiesburg Concert Association presents Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre festival, offering both free and ticketed events that showcase the area’s rich creative economy.


    Opening Weekend

  • BOPB Award Show returns June 3

    Join the fun at the 3rd Annual Best of the Pine Belt Award Show on Saturday, June 3 at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. Tickets on sale now at www.bestofthepinebelt.com



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