From press reports
Choctaw County’s Pine Tree Music Fest will held Saturday, June 7, in downtown Ackerman. Pine Tree Music Fest will feature a full day of fun activities and events for the entire family. Activities include a 5K Run/Walk, Pet Show, Car and Truck Show, Quilt Show, and expanded Kids’ World, Bingo, over 40 arts and crafts vendors and entertainment.
Main Street in Ackerman will be lined with a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Almost 50 vendors are expected to set up shop in downtown Ackerman along with plenty of food vendors and the Farmer’s Market and Treasure Alley vendors.
This year’s Kids’ World will have activities for all ages of kids and even a few activities the adults may enjoy. There will be a rock wall, bungee jump and mechanical bull all ages can enjoy. The mechanical bull will be controlled by an operator who can increase or decrease the intensity for each rider. There will be several different inflatables for kids to play on plus a water slide. There will be your traditional jump house and new inflatables like an obstacle course and many more surprises.
The Petting Zoo will be held at the corner of East Quinn and Commerce Streets on the shaded lot to keep the animals cool.
The Petting Zoo will have chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, miniature donkeys, horses and mules, along with a few unusual, surprise animals. Kids can get up close and personal with the animals in the Petting Zoo by feeding them and pony rides.
5K Run/Walk will be the first event of the festival on Saturday, June 7. French Camp Academy and Camp of the Rising Son are sponsoring the event. This year’s event is not only for runners, but for walkers too. The entire family can participate together!
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on race day with the race beginning at 7: 30 a.m. in front of the pavilion at the walking track.
Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female runners and walkers.
More info visit www.frenchcamp.org or call the Chamber of Commerce office at 285-3778.
The winners of the race will be awarded their prize at the opening ceremony of Pine Tree Music Fest at 10 a.m. at the pavilion on Main Street.
The annual Ackerman Twentieth Century Club Pet Show is open to all ages and pets. The Pet Show will be held next to the library and all proceeds from the event are donated to the library. Registration for the Pet Show will begin at 9 a.m. with the show starting at9:30 a.m. There is a $2 entry fee for each of the 18 possible categories to enter.
Ribbons will be awarded to the winners in each category with an overall best of show winner being awarded at the end. Registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.
The Choctaw County Cruisers will be hosting a Car and Truck Show around the Choctaw County Courthouse starting at 8 a.m. Registration for the Car and Truck Show is $25 and will include a t-shirt. Judging for the Car and Truck Show will be from 11 a.m. to – 1 p.m.with door prizes being announced from 1 pm– 1:30 p.m. First, second and third place winners will be announced in each category. For a complete list of the Car and Truck Show categories or to register contact Jerry Sanders 662-285-7720.
Crowd favorite activity Bingo at Pine Tree Music Fest will start at 3 p.m. at Pap’s. When the temperature is rising in the afternoon come cool off inside and play a few games of Bingo.
Bingo is sponsored by the Ackerman Twentieth Century Club each year. Tickets are 50 cents and most games cost one ticket to play. There may be several two ticket or higher games with a bigger door prize at stake. Play every game of Bingo with a $25 all afternoon pass. The winner of every game of Bingo receives a prize donated by local businesses.
The annual Choctaw County Farmers Market kicks off at Pine Tree Music Fest each year. The Farmers Market is sponsored by the MSU Extension Service – Choctaw County. The Farmers Market features items such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, squash, eggplant, peppers, green beans, butter beans, greens, watermelons, radishes and blueberries.
A total of $1000 cash will be given away during the festival. There will be eight drawings for $100 each and one $200 drawing. You could be a lucky winner. Come and enjoy the day. Great Family Fun.