2014 Main St. ornaments

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Picayune Main Street released the first image of the 2014 city ornament and officials said it brings back memories of cruising Goodyear Boulevard. 

The name of the ornament is “Crusin the Boulevard” and will feature a red 1965 Mustang and a short wheel based 1970s pick-up Chevy truck with Picayune written across the back, Picayune Main Street Director Reba Beebe said.

In the 1960’s, Goodyear Boulevard, a four-lane drive in what was then a two-lane town, defined Picayune. It became a rite of passage for all teenagers to cruise the boulevard, honking and drag racing, City Manager Jim Luke and Doug McQueen wrote in a Facebook statement.

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Local artist Andy Greene rendered a sketch of the ornament, which was included with the Facebook post.

Each year the Main Street’s historic committee requests submissions for ornaments and then chooses a winning design idea, Beebe said.

Beebe is the creator behind this year’s idea and collaborated with Jim Luke and Andy Greene.

“Growing up as a teen-ager, we always rode the boulevard,” Beebe said. “We would sit and talk, pitch in quarters to ride. There are a lot of good memories.”

Beebe said the ornaments should arrive near the end of October.

However, if anyone is interested in purchasing this ornament, Main Street is taking reservations, Beebe said.

“It’s already very popular,” Beebe said. “We have at least 150 reserved.”

To reserve “Cruisin the Boulevard” call 601-799-3070.

The cost for the gold-plated ornament is $15.