FestivalSouth and Signature Magazine’s Best of the Pine Belt competition returns with a new schedule and some new categories for the area’s best and brightest. Nominations in all categories begin Monday, Jan. 15 and runs for three weeks until the evening of Sunday, Feb. 4. Finalist voting begins on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 and continues through April 30.
Best Auto Dealership
RUNNERS UP: Ryan Chevrolet • Toyota of Hattiesburg • Vardaman Honda
Best Women's Clothing
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
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.
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.
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, 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.
The musical lineup has been finalized for the 2017 Best of the Pine Belt Award Show and this year's batch of local artists represents the best of local music.
Topping the list of performers at this year's revamped (and shorter) award show is Grammy Award nominee Vasti Jackson, who will make his first apperance on the Best of the Pine Belt Stage. Jackson, who tours internationally, will perform a track from from his nominated album, The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers.
Have you logged on to festivalsouth.org and made your nominations in the 2017 FestivalSouth and Signature Magazine’s Best of the Pine Belt competition?
If not, you’re already behind. Nominations in all categories were opened Jan. 14 and run until Feb. 15 in the first round. Finalist voting be- gins March 1 and continues through April 30.
FestivalSouth is pleased to announce a magical evening for families! At 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Saenger Theatre, FestivIllusion showcases three amazing acts of magic and physical wizardry. It will also be the exclusive announcement of FestivalSouth 2017 that will showcase the best of arts, entertainment and culture for its eighth season this summer, June 1–17.
“There is nothing more magical than watching the excitement of a child experiencing great illusions and having a night on the town with their family,” said FestivalSouth Artistic Director Mike Lopinto.