HOLIDAY FUN: Though parades have passed, Christmas fun isn’t over yet

Published 7:00 am Thursday, December 10, 2015

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PRCC Spirit of the River Marching Band.


Christmas is in the air in Poplarville.

During the next couple of days, numerous events across the city will spread Christmas cheer until Santa Claus heads out to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

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Last Friday, community members wore their finest festive attire and lined Main Street during the Poplarville Christmas Parade. Members of the PRCC Spirit of the River Marching Band, local churches, businesses and Santa Claus himself paraded down the street on floats waving and throwing candy as onlookers raced to grab as much candy as they could.

While the parade has come and gone, there are still plenty of upcoming Christmas events.

On Saturday, the community is invited to attend the Kirkland Farms Country Christmas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Poplarville Fairgrounds.

Kirkland Owner Brandi Kirkland said this is the first year she’s put on an event of this magnitude.

“I have a petting zoo and pony ride business and I like sharing that with the kids and one thing led to another and I’m doing this event,” Kirkland said.

During the event, families will enjoy food and arts and crafts booths, family-friendly activities such as photos with Santa Claus and Elsa from “Frozen,” hayrides, pony rides and a petting zoo.

Kirkland hopes to work with the local police department to set up a Toys for Tots donation box.

Admission costs $1 per person and $8 for the children’s activities.

For more information about the event, call Kirkland at 601-303-0451.

Also on Saturday, the city of Poplarville will host its annual Ping Pong Drop at 2 p.m. between Hancock Bank and Radio Shack on Poplarville’s Main Street.

During the event, participants will sit on a fire truck and throw ping pong balls down to the crowd. Each ball contains coupons and prizes inside to use at local businesses. The event is open to the public.

Vicki Francis, secretary for the Poplarville Chamber, said the event helps promote local businesses, especially during the biggest shopping season of the year.

“It helps to bring our community together. When we support our local businesses, we support our town and the sales tax stays here,” Francis said.

Further down Main Street, The Rusty Roosta will host their Tinsel and Twine Open House and one year anniversary on Dec. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., where there will be door prizes, refreshments and vendor discounts available.

Denise Pierce, owner of the Rusty Roosta, said they plan to unveil new items as part of their annual tradition.

“We’ll have a new room filled with new items that we will unveil for customers that night. We did it last year during our open house,” Pierce said.

The Rusty Roosta is located at 710 South Main St. in Poplarville.

On Sunday, the Women’s Club will host their Parade of Homes event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Brenthouse Steakhouse, where there will be refreshments, information and directions for the tour. Tickets cost $5 per person and can be purchased from any Women’s Club member or at any home involved in the tour. The homes include, Brentwood Steakhouse at 3750 Highway 53, Juniper Grove Baptist Church at 289 Juniper Grove, The Blueberry Inn at 608 Julia St., Randy & Nicole Brown at 306 S. Strahan, Deborah Warren at 319 N. Hickory St. and Malone Chapel PRCC at 105 Nursing Lane.

For more information about the upcoming events, visit Poplarville’s Facebook pages at Poplarville Chamber and City of Poplarville, Mississippi.