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Street Festival not deterred by forecasted rain

PREP WORK: Picayune Main Street Inc. manager Reba Beebe and Street Festival co-chair Eileen Baker prepare for this weekend’s Street Festival. Photo by Jeremy Pittari

PREP WORK: Picayune Main Street Inc. manager Reba Beebe and Street Festival co-chair Eileen Baker prepare for this weekend’s Street Festival.
Photo by Jeremy Pittari

The Street Festival will go on, despite rain in the forecast.

Rainy weather is expected this weekend, and while Picayune Main Street Inc. manager Reba Beebe said there have been a number of booth cancellations because of that fact, vacancies were quickly filled by vendors placed on a waiting list.

Picayune Street Festival Co-chair Eileen Baker said most attractions and vendors will still attend the festival, so bring an umbrella for the rain and a plastic bag or tarp to protect purchases.

Rain or shine, youngsters will enjoy the fun jumpers, the rock wall climb, hamster ball and a pedal powered toy train ride.

Saturday, fans of the reality television show Moonshiners can meet Mike “Mud Dog” Mitchell and purchase a t-shirt from him at April’s on U.S. 11, Beebe said.

Community members will get a chance to witness their local United Way pledges at work during the festival. Beebe said Pearl River Central’s Beta Club students will set up on top of a U-Haul where they will stay awake for two days in exchange for $2,500 in United Way donations.

Adults may want to stop by the beer garden on West Canal Street. Two booths will feature a preview of upcoming Picayune attractions. One booth will demonstrate a planned haunted house, while the second will inform people about the Teddy Bear Museum expected to open later this year.

A stage next to Robinson Electric on East Canal Street will feature two days of live entertainment, including dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and plenty of live music.

So, don’t let a little rain deter you from enjoying all the Street Festival has to offer.