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Vicksburg celebrates the season with numerous Halloween events

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As the days inch closer to the end of October, folks are preparing to celebrate Halloween, whether through costume parties, trick-or-treating or peering beyond the veil. Costume stores are picked clean, bags of candy line the shelves of grocery stores and haunted houses become more popular.

This year, Vicksburg residents are jumping full force into the spirit of Halloween with several events taking place all over town, including trick-or-treating in the city on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Listed below are some of the Halloween events being offered throughout the city in the coming weeks.

 Candle Light Tours

Hosted by: the McRaven Tour Home
When: Oct. 25 to Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: McRaven Tour Home, 1445 Harrison St.
Contact: The McRaven Tour Home at 601-501-1336.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling the McRaven Tour Home or online at mcraventourhome.com.

A Haunted Halloween Ghost Hunt at the SCHF with the Mississippi Paranormal Society

Hosted by: Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
When: Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
Where: Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, 1302 Adams St.
Contact: Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation at 601-631-2997.

Registration fees are $60 per person and can be purchased by calling the SCHF.

5th Annual Spooky Sprint 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run and Carnival

Hosted by: Vicksburg Catholic School
When: Oct. 26 at 8 a.m.
Where: Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove St.
Contact: Vicksburg Catholic School at 601-630-9762

Registration is $35 for 5k participants and $25 for 1-Mile walkers. All must register by Oct. 23 on the website. Use codes SPOOKY5K and/or SPOOKY1MILE to save on online registration.

Family Fall Festival

Hosted by: Chick-Fil-A
When: Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Chick-Fil-A, 3403 Halls Ferry Road
Contact: Chick-Fil-A at 601-661-0001.

Admission is $5 and grants access to the different activities taking place including trunk-or-treat and vendors.

Fall Festival

Hosted by: Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi
When: Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi, 255 Fisher Ferry Rd.
Contact: Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi at 601-429-6320.

Tickets are $10 at the gate, children 5 and under get in free. Everyone is welcome  to enjoy a pie eating contest, glow-in-the-dark kickball, a costume contest, face painting and more. For more information visit the website

Carnival of Screams

Hosted by: Warren Central’s Big Blue Bland
When: Oct. 26-31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly and Oct. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Chicken and Children).
Where: The Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.
Contact: Warren Central’s Big Blue Band through FaceBook.

Tickets are $5 during Chicken and Children’s day, $10 every night and can be purchased the night of the carnival.

Happy Halloween Recital

Hosted by: Vicksburg Music Teachers Association
When: Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, 335 Oak Ridge Road
Contact: Vicksburg Music Teachers Association on Facebook.

Kids in the Kitchen – Halloween Edition

Hosted by: Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
When: Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, 1302 Adams St.
Contact: Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation at 601-631-2997.

Children will be able to decorate and eat Halloween treats with  Margie Heltzel. Registration is $35 per child and can be purchased by contacting the SCHF.

Trunk or Treat 2019 at the Vicksburg Mall

Hosted by: The Vicksburg Mall
When: Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.
Contact: The Vicksburg Mall at 601-634-0823

Gibson Memorial Trunk or Treat

Hosted by: Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church
When: Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, 335 Oak Ridge Road
Contact: Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church at 601-636-2605.

Hallelujah Night

Hosted by: Mount Carmel Ministries of Vicksburg
When: Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mount Carmel Ministries of Vicksburg, 2015 Grove St.
Contact: Mount Carmel Ministries of Vicksburg at 601-638-9015.

This is a fun and safe alternative to Halloween holiday for those that don’t celebrate it. The event is free, and there will be candy giveaways, a cake walk and a biblical costume contest.

Halloween Costume Party

Hosted by: Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg
When: Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Where: Bottleneck Blues Bar at Ameristar, 4116 Washington St.
Contact: Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg at 601-638-1000

Registration for a costume contest is $10 and all contestants must be in the Bottleneck Blues Bar by 9 p.m.

Do you know of any other Halloween events taking place in Vicksburg? Contact us by sending a message from our Facebook page and we will gladly add it to the list.

 

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Dedication for Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument signage Saturday

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The Lynyrd Skynyrd monument. (photo courtesy LSM)

The chartered plane transporting the iconic country rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed 43 years ago in rural Mississippi after running out of fuel on its way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Six of the 26 people aboard the plane died including lead vocalist and founding member Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist and vocalist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (Steve’s older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.

For years, Frynds of Lynyrd Skynyrd have worked to erect a monument near the crash site and ensure fans can find it. Last year, a beautiful monument was unveiled at Mississippi Highway 568 and Easley Road in Pike County telling the story of the band and the crash. This year, the Frynds are celebrating Mississippi’s erecting signage on Interstate 55 south of Magnolia and near the monument itself so that fans can easily find the monument.

With new signage, fans will easily find the Lynyrd Skynyrd monument. (photo courtesy LSM)

A dedication of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument tourism signs is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at the monument on Highway 568 and Easley Road. Organizers expect several state dignitaries to speak at the event and will offer refreshments.

The road to getting the monument and signage completed hasn’t been easy. From fundraising to navigating the rules governing monuments and signs, the Frynds had to jump through numerous hoops to accomplish their goal.

Things began looking up when rescuer Dwain Easley and his family donated the land for the monument. With private land and no local or state regulations to deal with, the project was back on the fast track. The group also partnered with the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center Foundation to provide credibility and leadership to accelerate the cause.

Dave Pace, Kevin Laird and the Brookhaven Monument crew broke records, broke company rules, and called in every favor available to have the 14-foot wide by 8-foot tall monument placed by Oct. 20, 2019.

The Mississippi Legislature stepped up this year to have the Department of Transportation erect tourism signs on Interstate 55 at Exit 8 and on Highway 568 at Easley Road to direct visitors to the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument.

In the year after dedicating the monument, guests have come from 39 states, five Canadian provinces and 18 countries. The Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument has become one of the area’s largest tourist attractions.

For more information, visit the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument Facebook page and website or send a text message to 601-249-7033.

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Local artists opening for rapper Fredo Bang Nov. 27

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Organizer Lil Sleepy, left, and rapper Rob G, one of the local artists in the show. (photos courtesy the artists)

Multiple local Vicksburg music artists will open the performance for rapper Fredo Bang on Nov. 27, at the Claiborne County County Convention Center.

Among the artists selected for the show are Rob G, Dizziboi, Platinum Diesel, Devon 24k, and Dyme Charity. Opening for a nationally recognized rapper like Fredo Bang gives them a great chance to increase their exposure and expand their audiences.

Vicksburg native Lil Sleepy is responsible for organizing the big event and recruiting local artists.

“This is basically what I do, and I try to keep it going as a traditional thing, just like the graduation parties and the New Years Eve Bash I throw,” Lil Sleepy said.

DJ KG (photo courtesy the artist)

The event will be hosted by MC Skooter, Bri, KC, Dixiee and Jada Jay. Local DJs KG, DJ Trap, and DJ 100 will be there as well to entertain the guests.

“It’s a great event, and every year it’s getting bigger,” DJ KG said. “It’s giving local artists what they need by having them perform when a known rapper will be in attendance.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased on Eventbrite, or at Roe’s Rims and Accessories on Clay Street, Supreme Bladez Barbershop at 2713 Halls Ferry Road, or Headquarters Barbershop in downtown Vicksburg. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for the VIP booths.

The event is expected to have a great turnout just as it did in 2018, which was the last time Fredo Bang performed in Port Gibson.

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State health officials to host one-hour online discussion about COVID-19

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Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs (Photo via video screen grab)

Mississippi’s State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byer will host a one-hour online discussion about COVID-19 Thursday, Nov. 12, at noon.

One of the topics they will address is availability of an upcoming vaccine, which could begin limited distribution before the end of the year.

If you have a question or concern about the virus, email it to [email protected] by Wednesday at 7 p.m.

To watch the discussion, go to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Facebook page.

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