Thursday, Aug. 16
Roast-n-Boast Auction — The public is invited to the annual Roast-n-Boast Auction at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, located at 308 Chubby Drive, Columbus. Electronics, sports memorabilia, furniture, gift packages and much more will be up for bid in a live auction. Concessions will be available for purchase. The annual Roast-n-Boast State Barbeque Championship takes place Aug. 24-25. For more information, contact Mike Law, 662-549-5054.
Friday, Aug. 17
Denim and Diamonds — This Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. at the Shrine Club on Old Highway 25. Wear your best western wear and real or fake bling to an evening of barbecue, music, line dancing demos and more. Get tickets ($35) at Thyme, Book Mart, the Heritage Museum or from Friends of the Museum board members. For more information, call 662-323-6867.
Saturday, Aug. 18
Movies on the Mound — The town of Caledonia screens “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012, PG, 96 minutes) at Ola J. Pickett Park at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the movie, and stay for a “Back to School Bang” fireworks display at 9:45 p.m., immediately following the film.
Roast ‘N Boast — This Mississippi State Barbeque Cooking Championship at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Highway 69 South boasts $11,000 in prize money, live music with Hartle Road and Deacon Jones and the Late Night from 6-11 p.m. Aug. 24, a People’s Choice tent, dunking booth, family fun, food and craft vendors. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Proceeds benefit United Way of Lowndes County. For more information, call 662-549-5054 or visit roastnboast.com.
Saturday, Aug. 25
Cruisin’ the River car show — The Southern Cruisers annual car show at the East Bank of the Stennis Lock and Dam, Columbus, showcases classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, motorcycles and more. Enjoy gravity slow races, commode and valve cover races and more. For information or to pre-register vehicles, contact Gwen Rainwater at email@example.com or 662-574-2678.
Friday, Aug. 31
Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival — The 17th annual Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival at Mary Holmes College Auditorium in West Point features Nick Moss and the Fliptops, Marquise Knox, Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band, and Lightnin’ Malcolm. Music begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 in Columbus at the Columbus Arts Council, in Starkville at Jack Forbus Insurance, in West Point at Bits ‘N Pieces, or online at wpnet.org/Howlin_Festival.htm. $20 at the door. For information, contact Richard Ramsey, 662-605-0770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Prairie Arts Festival — West Point’s 34th annual Prairie Arts Festival features hundreds of fine arts vendors, down-home Southern cooking, Kidsville, classic cars and more from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown West Point. For more information, contact the Growth Alliance, 662-494-5121, visit westpointms.org, or email email@example.com.
Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 4-9
Tennessee Williams Tribute — The 11th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes includes performances of Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” Sept. 4-8; a Moon Lake Party Sept. 6, featuring Tony-nominated singer Alison Fraser and pianist Allison Leyton-Brown; a “Stella” shouting contest; scholars’ talks; luncheons; a movie screening; home tours; a Sunday sermon and more. For information, visit muw.edu/tennesseewilliams/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 662-328-0222.
Historic home tours — Daily tour schedules of some of Columbus’ most historic homes are available from the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center at 300 Main St., or by calling 662-328-0222. Tour fees may apply. Homes open for tours year-round include: Amzi Love Home (c. 1848), Lee Home/Museum (c. 1847), Rosedale (c. 1856), Rosewood Manor (c. 1835), Temple Heights (c. 1837), Tennessee Williams Home (c. 1875), Waverley Mansion (c. 1852) and Whitehall (c. 1843).
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