Piney Woods Heritage festival signboard stolen

Published 7:00 am Friday, November 17, 2017

A banner advertising the Crosby Arboretum’s 15th annual Piney Woods Heritage Festival set for this weekend has been reported stolen.

Patricia Drackett, director of The Crosby Arboretum, said the theft came as a surprise to everyone at the arboretum, especially since the event is just days away. It will take place this Friday and Saturday.

“This happened between (Wednesday) night and (Thursday) morning and city officials have confirmed that they do not take our signs during the night,” Drackett said.

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The Mississippi State University sign was made exclusively for the Crosby Arboretum to advertise the annual festival each year.

Drackett hopes to get the sign back soon since it is something they’ve used every year.

“We are hoping someone would turn it in to us or give it to the police department,” she said.

An reward is being offered in the form of a free membership to the arboretum to anyone who returns the banner in good condition or provides information that leads to the banner’s recovery.

The Piney Woods Heritage Festival celebrates the region’s heritage with vendor booths, blacksmithing demonstrations and arts and crafts including baskets and woodcarvings and more.

This year the event is expected to draw approximately 30 exhibitors showcasing the best of the area’s heritage.

Attendees can also expect food and games.

The event on Friday Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Senior Center of South Pearl River County will feature two culturally themed presentations. Entry to Friday’s event is free.

Saturday’s event will take place at the arboretum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature dance performances, demonstrations and display of traditional skills and crafts.

Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $2 for children for Saturday’s event.