Heading to the jubilee

Published 7:00 am Friday, June 10, 2016

In my opinion one of the biggest draws to Pearl River County are the annual festivals.
During my youth, my family and I visited the area almost every year to attend the Picayune Street Festival and the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville.
Since I’ve been working here now, I am more familiar with some of this county’s residents and see friendly faces wherever I go.
This weekend, my mom and I will wander the streets of Poplarville to peruse the arts and crafts while munching on fresh blueberries.
Last year, we found a handmade wooden desk for my nephew, which is the only person we shop for nowadays.
After the Jubilee we are going to stick around and attend “Thunder in the Pearl.”
My mom, who is originally from Kentucky, has been to a number of these events.
This will be my first time watching a live event.
My experience with rodeos has mostly been gleaned from binge watching the film “Urban Cowboy,” and watching George Strait’s video for his song, “Amarillo by Morning.”
So I’m pretty sure my idea of a rodeo is not exactly accurate.
While the sights and sounds of the Blueberry Jubilee and rodeo will be entertaining, I’m more excited about spending the day with family.
The events in Pearl River County provide family-friendly entertainment.
One doesn’t have to worry about the content of the event and, for the most part, feels safe in their surroundings.
I’ve been to many parades in Bay St. Louis, where a fight is almost guaranteed to occur and children’s lives are put at risk.
Almost every year, I read about a shooting at the Pass Christian parades.
These events are supposed to be family-friendly but sadly that’s not necessarily the case.
This county’s festivals provide a wholesome way to spend a Saturday and I hope to see many of our readers at the Blueberry Jubilee.

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