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.
Finalist voting for the 2018 Best of the Pine Belt competition is underway and continues through April 30.
Once again, several key categories will be selected to be featured at the Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Saenger Theater. Those categories are selected from the nomination and finals voting process. All voting takes place at the official festival website www.festivalsouth.org.
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.