Loblolly Festival - October 6, 2012
Loblolly Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in October and
celebrates Laurel’s heritage as a sawmill town. Vendors from several
states, artists, crafters and craftsmen set up shop in the streets of
downtown Laurel for this one day event. Live music of various genres
can be heard throughout the day. Food ranges from your first funnel
cake of the fall to corn dogs, chicken on a stick and every variety of
festival food imaginable. Our lovable lumberjack, Mr. Loblolly visits
with the crowd and will stop for a photo op, too!
Demonstrations vary from year to year,
but a crowd favorite for sure is Dayton Scoggins, the chainsaw artist.
Dayton will be on hand for the 2012 festival, selling his creations as
well as demonstrating the art of chainsaw sculpture.
A contest for high school artists is
sponsored by Masonite Corporation. Students paint a door skin supplied
by Masonite to depict a theme chosen by the Loblolly committee. The art
is judged by a blind panel of visual art experts. Cash prizes are
For more information, visit the Laurel Main Street website: www.laurelmainstreet.com