You don’t have to be Irish, Italian or Catholic to join in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic 15th Irish-Italian Festival in Hattiesburg. The day’s festivities run from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the parking lot behind the church, following a Celtic mass at 4 p.m.
The church is located at 3117 West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg next to the University of Southern Mississippi baseball stadium. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
D.R.E.A.M. of Hattiesburg, Inc. is getting ready for its annual fundraiser, “A Night of Sweet D.R.E.A.M.s.” The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Southern Oaks and Gardens. This dessert auction began in 2007 in an effort to raise funds for D.R.E.A.M. to continue its prevention programs and fund its tutoring center.
The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ is returning to Hattiesburg Feb. 19-20 for the 31st Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.
Lecile Harris, six-time Pro Rodeo Clown of the Year, will once again be making an appearance at the rodeo this year. Lecile, a 50-year rodeo veteran, works nearly 125 performances a year at the world’s biggest rodeos.
The Distinguished Young Women of Forrest and Lamar Counties (formerly Junior Miss) program will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. The Distinguished Young Women program awards college scholarships to juniors in high school based on areas of scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression and physical fitness.