The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood is tuning up for the 19th Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam presented by Southern Beverage Co., with an exciting mix of musical acts including zydeco, bluegrass, a brass band and cover music. This annual music event takes place from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Walthall Park (located at 600 Walnut Street at the intersection with Rebecca Avenue) in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood in Downtown Hattiesburg.
This year’s event will feature great acts like Pine Belt Pickers (bluegrass), Jefferey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys (zydeco), Southern Komfort Brass Band (brass) and Kudzu Kings (rock). The Downtown Crawfish Jam (DCJ) will offer music, all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish, hot dogs and hamburgers, beer, water and Coke products. A Kids Zone features various slides and jumps for kids of all ages, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Also available in the Kids Zone will be Bop's Frozen Custard selling ice cream and snow cone vendors.
The day will kick off in the morning with the fifth Annual USM CPSG's (Council Psychology Student Government) Voodoo (Zombie) 5K run. The Voodoo run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22, in downtown Hattiesburg, ending at Walthall Park at 9:30 a.m., prior to the start of the Downtown Crawfish Jam. This year, entrants will have the option to register for the 5k or the 1-mile fun run. Pre-registration will continue until Friday, April 21. For more details about the 5K, visit their facebook page.
Advanced tickets are on sale at Tickets On-line Order and Pay. Advanced Tickets are: Junior Ticket $30 (under 21) and Adult Ticket $40 (includes admission plus all-you-can-eat and drink). Valid I.D. required at the gate to receive the "all
you can drink beer" wristband. Day of the event tickets will be $50 for adults, $30 for under 21, and children 12 and under are admitted free and get a limited food ticket. There will not be a general admission ticket. All tickets are all- inclusive. (Crawfish guaranteed until 3 p.m. only)
“Pets, tents and coolers will not be allowed in this year,” said Brian Saffle, DCJ chairman. “We are expecting a large crowd, so we are making every effort to make sure our guests enjoy the day. Rain or shine the event will happen, but we are all praying for a beautiful spring day,” said Saffle.
Parking for this year’s event will be made easier as well, thanks to Sacred Heart School and Grove Transit. Parking will be available at the Sacred Heart High School campus located at the corner of West Pine and 2nd Ave, as well as the church parking lot, and Grove Transit will shuttle people throughout the day back and forth between the parking lots and the Walthall Park. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited parking on the streets in the neighborhood. Walnut Street will be closed between Hall Avenue and Rebecca Avenue and Rebecca Ave will be closed between Walnut and Court Streets.
Proceeds from the Festival are reinvested in the communi- ty through the HHNA and Walthall Foundation; providing support for projects and events in the Downtown Hattiesburg area. Some of these projects include Historic Preservation Projects and upkeep of the Walthall property as well as events like the Victorian Candlelit Christmas.