Weather dampens, but doesn’t ruin historical celebrations in Leakesville
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From Staff Reports
Greene County residents were celebrating the holiday season last weekend with activities and events around the county.
State Line and McLain held their Christmas parades Saturday, and Leakesville was busy with the 155th anniversary of the Battle of McLeod’s Mill reenactment, the first annual Chickasawhay Historic Fest and the Greene County Museum open house.
Although it was a cold and rainy weekend, plenty of people got out and about to join in the holiday celebrations. The Greene County Museum saw a great turnout for their annual Christmas open house. Museum volunteers were there to show folks all the exciting artifacts that fill the museum, along with a few stories about some of the county’s history. Some people came to see their own family’s history while others came to learn about their history. The Chickasawhay Celtics dulcimer group added a nice ambiance to the event with their nostalgic Christmas tunes in the background.
The fifth annual Battle of McLeod’s Mill Civil War Reenactment began Friday with their ‘School Days’ and continued throughout the weekend with events at the Greene County Courthouse and Green Park. A few new things were added to this year’s reenactment, such as the public meet and greet with refreshments where the public could visit with the reenactors and learn about what they do. A viewing of the PBS documentary ‘35-Million Years Down the Chickasawhay’ was shown in the courthouse during the meet and greet.
The first annual Chickasawhay Historic Fest got underway Saturday alongside the reenactment. The event was put on by the Main Street Leakesville Organization (MSLO) to bring together folks using old-fashioned methods of crafting and homemaking. The festival included a cornbread baking contest, which had several entries. The winner of the cornbread contest was Beverly Howard, and many people enjoyed her best-tasting cornbread with a bowl of fresh turnip greens from a local garden. The MSLO hopes to grow this event in the coming years to include many primitive life methods from our ancestors.
No matter what part of the county you were in over the weekend, Christmas cheer was just around the corner.