Pine Hill Festival draws thousands to Downtown Wiggins

WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - It was a day of music, food and lots of fun at the Pine Hill Festival.

"This is the first time that we've been to the Pine Hill festival, but I'm really impressed," said Amanda Williams. "A lot of food vendors, a lot of fun the kids, real nice. "

Organizers said the festival attracts people from across the state and the visitors come ready to spend.

Dr. Marie Heim of Stone County Chamber of Commerce said, "It brings money to Stone County. I tell you when 14,000 to 15,000 people come and visit and pay and buy things, it makes a difference here. It does a lot to the economy here in Stone County."

"When you get 100 vendors to come in and you get people mixing and buying and selling, it's just so important," said Heim.

One of the those 100 vendors was Willie Hayes of Hattiesburg. During his first time being part of the Pine Hill festival his smoked turkey legs were selling like hot cakes.

"It's good exposure. You don't find turkey legs is a lot of places," said Hayes. "You only get that chance once a year most of the time at fairs, and we just wanted to come out and bring it out to the Pine Hill festival. "

Once people get a taste of Wiggins, organizers believe they're more likely to want to come back to visit at other times of the year.

Heim said, "People will come back. When you have a good time somewhere, it speaks volumes about when and where and how you need to come back to that place. This is a good place to come and come again and again and again."

The activities also included a concert by the country rock band Confederate Railroad.

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