Hattiesburg / Okatoma River KOA Events
Campfire, Karaoke & Chili Cook-Off
This will be a unique Campfire & Karaoke event as we will also be having a chili cook-off. All campers are welcome to participate in entering and tasting the chili! If you would like to enter your chili in the chili cook-off, just let us know at the office. If you would like to taste and vote, just join us at the pool pavilion at 7 pm!
Mardi Gras Celebration
We will be doing a Mardi Gras Parade through the campground and everyone is invited to join in. Decorate your camper, bicycles, or yourself, and join us! We will be tossing throws so make sure you're out by your site for all the fun! We will also be having a Mardi Gras themed Campfire & Karaoke, as well as King Cake and refreshments for everyone to enjoy!
Care Camps Big Weekend
CARE CAMPS BIG WEEKEND
WHEN: May 13-14, 2022
WHAT: Stay Friday night, May 13th, at a participating campground, and get Saturday night, May 14th, for just $20*.
WHY: The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 14 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ Care Camps each year. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.* Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site, for two consecutive nights, at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.
Local Area Events
HUBFEST is Hattiesburg's premier arts and music festival. The annual event is held in beautiful Historic Downtown Hattiesburg and features four stages of live music, over 250 arts, crafts and food vendors, and a large children's area. The one-day festival is free to the public, with the exception of the children's area, which requires a $10 fee for unlimited all-day play. Due to large crowds, pets are not permitted within festival boundaries.
Visit https://www.theadp.com/events/hubfest/ for more information
Since 1978, The MISSISSIPPI WATERMELON FESTIVAL has been hosted and sponsored the 3rd weekend of July by the Town of Mize Volunteer Fire Department. This year will mark the 44th anniversary of the festival. The festival is held at the Mize City Park in downtown Mize. Mize is located in the southwest corner of Smith County, along state Highways 28 and 35, amid the pines, oaks, dogwoods, and magnolias (not to mention kudzu) typical of south-central Mississippi. Make this a summer to remember by planning a trip to the MISSISSIPPI WATERMELON FESTIVAL in downtown Mize, MS. Enter our biggest watermelon contest, enjoy the entertainment, or indulge in some of the best food around. Remember, there is always all the FREE Watermelon that you can eat! There's always something to do at our festival. The 44th Annual Mississippi WATERMELON FESTIVAL is all set for the weekend of July 15th and 16th. We are entirely staffed by volunteer firefighters and their families. Phone: (601)517-3510 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Loblolly Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in October and celebrates Laurel's heritage as a sawmill town. There is no entrance fee and the festival fills the streets from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Vendors from several states, artists, crafters and craftsmen set up shop in the streets of downtown Laurel for this one-day event. Live music of various genres can be heard throughout the day. Activities for children of all ages abound and range from free art fun to rides, jumps and maybe even a bucking bronco! Food ranges from your first funnel cake of the fall to corn dogs, chicken on a stick and every variety of festival food imaginable. Our lovable lumberjack, Mr. Loblolly, visits with the crowd and will stop for a photo op, too! Demonstrations vary from year to year, but a crowd favorite for sure is Dayton Scoggins, the chainsaw artist. Dayton will be on hand for the 2022 festival, selling his creations and demonstrating the art of chainsaw sculpture. A cash prize contest for middle school and high school artists is sponsored by The Laurel Arts League. Students paint a door skin section supplied by Masonite Corporation. Themes vary from year to year. The art is judged by a blind panel of visual art experts. The art will be on display at the festival in the downtown YWCO on W. Oak St. The winning art will become the property of Laurel Main Street and will be featured in a downtown venue.