Blueberry Jubilee set for June 8

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 30, 2019

The 36th annual Blueberry Jubilee will be held in the blueberry capital of Mississippi, on June 8.

Each year, the Poplarville based event draws thousands to the town’s quiet streets to enjoy blueberry based confections, find a number of crafts and even purchase their own blueberry bushes.

Other attractions include a baby crawl competition, 5K run along with a fun run, car show, food, entertainment and storytelling.

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Blueberry Jubilee Chair Mark Bridgers said this year will feature a change to the event with the relocation of the craft and food vendors to the Town Green on Main Street. Due to ongoing construction of the county courthouse annex, the car show has been moved to the Bank Plus parking lot, he added.

Anyone interested in blueberry growing items can find those vendors in front of the county courthouse.

The 5K will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on June 8, with the fun run starting an hour later at 8:30 a.m. Registration for each race is $20. Preregistration can be completed until June 6 by visiting the website and clicking on the 5K run tab. The race will begin at the Greater Poplarville Area Chamber of Commerce building on Main Street.

The car, truck and motorcycle show will begin with a 7 a.m. registration that lasts until 10. Awards for various categories will be issued at 2:30 p.m. that day. Registration is $20 per vehicle. Categories include best paint, best interior, best engine, best shift knob, best unfinished, mayor’s choice and police choice.

A puppy pageant will also be held, where awards will be issued for the dog with the prettiest eyes, most active, best blueberry inspired outfit and friendliest.

Only 20 spots are available, and registration needs to be complete for that event before the show. To express interest in the pageant, send a photo of the pet to 601-365-9324.

There will also be a baby crawl, where children younger than 18 months can be entered. Natalie LaHaye is organizing this year’s event, and said it will still be held in the rear parking lot of Apples. The free event will feature monetary prizes for first through third place as well as trophies.

The crawl will be held in heats, the number of which will be based on the number of entrants.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with the first heat kicking off at 10.

To learn more about the Jubilee, visit