BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The trek back towards normalcy is finally showing signs of progress. This past weekend, Mississippians were treated to a music festival and an elite college baseball rivalry.
It’s a stark contrast to the experience available in many other states.
It’s a fact that Governor Tate Reeves alluded to on Twitter on Monday. The governor did not hold back when comparing Mississippi State’s attendance to the New York Yankees.
”I’ll take the Neanderthals over Team Lockdown all day. The time for panic is over—get a vaccine and live your life,” tweeted Reeves.
The Yankees attendance is currently capped at 20 percent capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, thousands came out to Dudy Noble Field for the Bulldogs clash with the Rebels.
The fact that fans are being welcomed and allowed back in numbers has many thankful to live in the Magnolia State.
”I am very proud to be a Mississippian and that we are kind of doing that. I hope our friends up north will take note and this will encourage other states to start opening up because it’s time for that normal fun as we say,” said Ocean Springs native and Mississippi State student Taylor Reeves, who is of no relation to the governor.
”You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. (It was) long over due,” said Taylor Reeves. “I actually had grandparents come up from Gautier, Mississippi - one of them a Rebel fan - and it was great. They hadn’t done anything like that in over a year. When you put 13,000 fans together and some cowbells, it was a great rivalry. It was just one for the books. This will be one of the highlight weekends of my life for sure.”
While not nearly as many fans will be making it out to the local ballpark to take in games, the lack of outdoor restrictions and the success of the Crawfish Music Festival are just two more reminders that people have missed these experiences over the last year.
Currently, the guidelines for indoor arena events is set at 75 percent, which the Coast Coliseum was in compliance with for the Crawfish Festival.
”Much needed entertainment. Whether it’s a sporting event or a concert, it is great to kick back and enjoy something,” said Taylor Reeves.
As far as high school graduation ceremonies, the executive order currently in effect limits attendance at 50 percent capacity. However, that executive order is set to expire at 5 p.m. on April 30, 2021.