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‘It’s unlike any event in Vicksburg’ – Cottonwood to host annual Oktoberfest



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Oktoberfest is coming to the Cottonwood Public House (1311 Washington St.) Sept. 28 from noon to 11 p.m.

This event, hosted by the Key City Brewing Company, Visit Vicksburg and Cottonwood, will celebrate German heritage with food, music and drinks all served by Kellnerins and Kellners (waiters and waitresses for those of you who don’t speak German).

Soft pretzels baked by Cottonwood Public House

“We’ll have traditional German-style beers that we brew here in-house available, German-inspired food, so soft pretzels, schnitzels and other wonderful things like that,” said Zack Erickson, manager and brewer at Cottonwood. “We’ll also have German Polka music playing, and people will be dressed up in Lederhosen. This will be the closest thing you can get to Germany in Mississippi.”

In addition to the festivities in the downstairs portion of the Cottonwood Public House, guests can travel to the roof where they’ll find a Biergarten.

“We recently opened our rooftop event center, and we’ll be up there with long feasting tables and serving our wonderful German beer and pretzels,” Erickson said. “Everything will be decked out in traditional German decorations. So hopefully, if the weather is good, we’ll be able to hang out outside, drink beer and enjoy the beautiful weather.”

This German-style celebration is an annual event that you do not want to miss. For more information on Oktoberfest go to the Facebook event page, or contact the Cottonwood Public House at 601-501-7712.

“It’s an event unlike any other event going on in Vicksburg,” Erickson said. “This is the closest you can get to Oktoberfest in Munich here in Mississippi.”


Sen. Hyde-Smith keynote speaker at Innovation & Technology naming ceremony



The Mississippi Center for Innovation & Technology naming ceremony will be held at 1622 Washington St. in Vicksburg on Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

The presenting keynote speaker is U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Under the leadership of the Economic Development Foundation, the community identified the old Mississippi Hardware Building as the place where a Center for Innovation & Technology can be developed. The center will bring all relevant partners together to create an eco-system that spurs innovation, accelerates technology transfer and increases opportunities for U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center contracts to be given to Mississippi companies. The center will also provide higher education opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Since it was announced that the EDF committed to developing the Hardware Building into the Mississippi Center for Innovation & Technology, the State of Mississippi has committed $5 million to the project and the City of Vicksburg has committed $300,000 per year for 10 years. Close to $5 million in Historic Tax Credits has been secured for the project.

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Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum to be held in Vicksburg April 2 and 3



Vicksburg Convention Center.

From Innovate Mississippi:

The 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will be held Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, 2020, at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The event will bring together leading entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators, and future business owners to learn more about the current entrepreneurial climate and the future of entrepreneurship in Mississippi.

For the first time, the MEF will host a Student Business Pitch Competition that will take place on April 2, 2020.

Sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the event is part of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development initiative funded from a generous financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will provide working opportunities for aspiring business owners and thriving entrepreneurs to share practical and immediately useful information about building a business.

Additionally, attendees will hear best practices of successful case studies and learn more about resources and strategies available to entrepreneurs from institutions of higher education in Mississippi and other key organizations.

Panels on technology and innovation, student entrepreneurship, and the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem also will be conducted on April 3, 2020.

Previous Forums have been held in Clarksdale, Tupelo, Greenwood, Oxford and Jackson.

MEF planning committee members include Allyson Best (University of Mississippi); Tasha Bibb (Innovate Mississippi); John Brandon (Mississippi College); Dr. Marty Brock (Mississippi University for Women); Ty Durham (Millsaps College); Saundra McFarland (Jackson State University); Janice Karcher (ERDCWERX); Dr. JR Love (University of Mississippi); Nash Nunnery (Mississippi Development Authority); Dr. Sheriece Robinson (Mississippi Community College Board); Jeffrey Rupp (Mississippi State University); Will Tabor (Mississippi Community College Board); James Wilcox (University of Southern Mississippi); and Dr. Glendscene Williams (Delta State University).

For more information about the 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum, please go to, or contact JR Love at or Tasha Bibb at

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Vicksburg YMCA hosts annual Father-Daughter Date Night



The Vicksburg YMCA held its fourth annual Father-Daughter Date Night at The Anthony inside the BB club in downtown Vicksburg Tuesday.

YMCA membership director Lauren Coulon organized the event a few years ago, and it is still going strong today.  More than 100 fathers and daughters came out to dance and enjoy a great buffet. Everyone seemed to have a great time.

Girls as young as 5 dressed up and joined their dads for the special night. Fathers and daughters from every part of Vicksburg danced the night away, took pictures on the red carpet and headed upstairs for dinner.

Bryan Snowden with Kelsey Snowden, left, and Allyssa Thomas.

Matthew and Hayden Bell.

The father-daughter date night is held annually, usually in the month of February, and is hosted by the YMCA.

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