Monday, October 15, 2012

Over The River Run Titles

Over The River Run, Saturday, October 13, 2012, Vicksburg, MS.

Vicksburg resident Kristi Hall, 34, wins the women's division at 24th annual Over the River Run on Saturday.

Sam Gearhart, 16, of Clinton, takes first place overall at the 24th annual Over the River Run on Saturday.

Elizabeth Joiner of Vicksburg repeated in the women's 5 mile walk in 56:22, while Larry Robinson of Forest won the men's in 48:53.  

Hunter Emery, 14, won the 1-mile fun run in 6:44 and 10-year-old Cassidy Lampkin won the girls race in 6:57.

On a sunny and warm Saturday morning, the Over the River Run enjoyed the best day in its 24-year history. A total of 679 runners, walkers and fun runners completed Vicksburg's full road race on the old U.S. Highway 80 Mississippi River Bridge.

Race Director Annette Kirklin said 767 people signed up for the three events.  In all races, a number of runners and walkers don't cross the finish line and aren't given an official time.  The total number of entrants eclipsed last year's previous record of 733.  

"It's the best one we've had and it keeps getting bigger," Kirklin said.  "The great weather had a lot to do with it, but I also think having this to be the first race for the new Vicksburg Slam helped."

The Vicksburg Slam is a new competition that rewards participants who complete in all three of Vicksburg's road races. The next race of the Slam will be January's Chill in the Hills, which is run through downtown Vicksburg.  The Slam is capped by March's Run Through History at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Local Happenings In Vicksburg

18th Annual Vicksburg Main Street Fall Festival
7 p.m. Oct 5; Riverstage Plaza, 1300 Washington Street; Osgood and Blaque and Slap-Happy; 10 a.m. Oct. 6 downtown on Washington Street, sidewalk sales, children's activities, exhibitors and music, free;, also on Facebook.

29th Annual Old Court House Flea Market
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct 6; Old Court House Museum, 1008 Cherry St; free; arts and crafts, plants, antiques and food; 601-636-0741,

River Region Medical Center Women's Health Expo
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 10; Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry Street; $20 for lunch and fashion show; 601-883-6916, 601-883-5217.

24th Annual Over the River Run
8 a.m. Oct. 13; U.S. 80 bridge; 5-mile race, 5-mile walk, one-mile fun run; $25, adults, $14 for 10 and younger, $55 for family of no more than five, $75 for corporate and civic club teams with three to five members; preregistration required, $5 late fee after Oct. 1; register at,, Just Duett Sports, SCHF, 1302 Adams St.; 4-7 p.m. Oct. 12 race packet pickup; SCHC Auditorium, at bridge day of race; 601-631-2997,
Hunter Education Classes
6-9 p.m. Oct 8-10; Hinds Community College, 755 Mississippi 27; must be at least 10 in the calendar year and attend all three nights for certification; social security card required; 601-636-8883.

33rd Annual Salvation Army Soup and Sandwich
11 a.m- 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9; Crawford Street United Methodist Church; $8; includes silent auction and bake sale; 601-636-2573.

Bricks and Spokes
8 a.m. Oct 6; Vicksburg Senior Center, 801 South St; $40; 10-mile; 30-mile and 50-mile routes; sponsored by the Vicksburg Main Street Program; 601-634-4527,

Fifth Annual Classics in the Courtyard
Noon-1 p.m. at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center; entertainment, free; lunch, $9 with reservations required by 5 p.m. Thursday; Oct 19: Patrick Smith and company, lunch by Palmertree's Catering; Oct. 26: Maria Signa and Jim Robinson, lunch by Martin's at Midtown; Nov. 2: Lee H. Abraham and the Boone Brothers, lunch by Goldie's Express; Nov. 9: Owen Brothers Band, lunch by ROCA Restaurant; 601-631-2996, also on Facebook.

Vicksburg's Got the Blues
Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St.
7-10 p.m. Thursday; 601-638-1000,
Free at Bottleneck Blues Bar.
The schedule:
Oct. 4 - Thursday - Stevie J.
Oct. 11 - Chris Gill
Oct. 18 - Grady Champion
Oct. 25 - Eddie Cotton

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Miss Mississippi 2012 ~ Marie Wicks

Marie Wicks was named Miss Mississippi 2012 on Saturday. "I truly believe it was the Lord," she said later. "I will jump for joy, hug my family, eat a breakfast of grits, eggs and toast and praise the Lord for all he's done." / Joe Ellis / Gannett

VICKSBURG, Miss. -- On her fifth try, Miss Dixie Marie Wicks became 2012's Miss Mississippi.
The 22-year-old Ocean Springs native was third runner-up last year.
As the wearer of the state's crown, Wicks won a $10,000 scholarship and will represent the state in the Miss America pageant.
"I truly believe it was the Lord," she said. "I will jump for joy, hug my family, eat a breakfast of grits, eggs and toast and praise the Lord for all he's done."
An art lover who enjoys playing the piano, speaking French and writing, the 2012 University of Mississippi international studies graduate plans to promote her platform, eyeSTAR, an acronym for EyeSight to All Regions.
"I have chosen to commit myself to the erasure of preventable blindness by working with the Lions Club and its vision-based initiatives," she said.
"I was in shock," said father Tom Wicks upon his daughter's win. "I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a dream."
"I was overwhelmed," said mother Caroline Wicks. "I've always said be your best, and let God do the rest."
Wicks played Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on the piano during the talent portion of the competition.
During pageant questioning, she was asked how she would promote Children's Miracle Network as Miss Mississippi.
She replied that she would hold a poster contest for the children of the state and auction off the posters to raise money for the cause, which helps children's hospitals.
An avid runner who enjoys jogs across the Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bridge, Wicks wore a black monokini in the swimsuit portion of the pageant.
She was named to the Ole Miss Hall of Fame during her time at UM, where she also majored in French with a minor in chemistry.
Wicks enjoys keeping a quote journal and calls faith "an indispensable component of my life."
Coming in as first runner-up is Miss Spirit of the South Jasmine Murray, a former American Idol finalist.
Second runner-up is Miss Historic South Jessica Terrill, and third runner-up is Miss Madison County Chassidy Sumler. Fourth runner-up is Miss Natchez Trace Chelsea Rick.
Rounding out the field of 10 semifinalists were Miss Midsouth Caroline Connerly, Miss University of Southern Mississippi Grace Claire Cordes, Miss Heartland Ann Beth Higginbotham, Miss Mississippi State University Stephanie Stanford and Miss West Central Breanne Ponder.
Preliminary winners last week were Swimsuit & Fitness, Miss Delta Blues Ashley Hamby, Rick and Ponder; and Talent, Murray, Cordes and Stanford.
First runner-up Murray's platform is mentoring young girls through a program called "13 Going on 30."
Second runner-up Terrill's platform is First Book.
Third runner-up Sumler's platform focuses on fighting childhood obesity, and fourth runner-up Rick's platform is, HUNGER, an acronym for Helping the Undernourished in our Nation Gain Eating Resources.
As the Miss Mississippi winner, Wicks will represent the state in the Miss America competition in January and will be a goodwill ambassador inside and outside the state's borders.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Miss Mississippi Pageant 2012

Photographed by Terry Atwood

The Miss Mississippi Pageant is in full swing here in Vicksburg and will be televised tomorrow night, June 30, on WLBT Channel 3, at 8:00 p.m.  Good Luck to all the contestants!

Wednesday's winners
Preliminary winner in Talent
Stephanie Stanford
Miss Mississippi State University

Preliminary winner in Swimsuit & Fitness
Breanne Ponder
Miss West Central

Thursday's winners
Chelsea Rick, Miss Natchez Trace, Preliminary winner in Swimuit & Fitness and Grace Claire Cordes, Miss University of Southern Mississippi, Preliminary winner in Talent (Grace Claire Cordes is from Vicksburg plus two other contestants, Miss Vicksburg, Jeralyn Stuart and Elyssa Lssiter, Miss Central Mississippi)

Friday's winners
Ashley Hamby, Miss Delta Blues - Swimwear
Jasmine Murray, Miss Spirit of the South - Talent

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Vicksburg Farmers Market

Season Schedule

2012 Season
May 5 - July 28, 2012

Saturdays, 8:00-11:00 A.M.
Wednesday, 4:00-7:00 P.M.

Rain or shine

New website

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Vicksburg's RiverFest 2012

25th Annual RiverFest -- April 20-21, 2012

Welcome to RiverFest and Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Red Carpet City of the South: blocks and blocks of river artisans, foods of the world, and lively regional music.
Shop our wonderful shops, enjoy our newly renovated downtown, and take in the great sites and sounds that make Vicksburg a national attraction.
But save something for sundown, when the bluffs start to jump and the revelers begin to pound the bricks!
The 25th annual RiverFest will be held April 20-21, 2012 featuring the Arts and Crafts Show as well as live entertainment from 7pm to 12am nightly. Gates for nightly events will open at 6pm.
The RiverFest Arts & Crafts Show is an annual event, offering handmade Arts & Crafts, Food Booths, and Entertainment, including street performers, live bands, kids games, GospelFest and much, much more! The show is open from 8am - 4pm on Saturday. Attendance for Saturday Daytime Activities is free and parking is free for the whole weekend!
If you are interested in becoming a street vendor/Food & Beverage Concessionaire at the festival, please contact the Vicksburg Main Street Program at
We are always looking for sponsors to help make this event a success! The Vicksburg RiverFest Music and Arts and Crafts Festival is solely funded by donations and sponsorships. If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring Riverfest, email

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tapestry: The Pilgrimage To Vicksburg

Apr 1, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012
Experience the rich Tapestry of early Vicksburg life. Explore the fabric of Vicksburg society with tours of our historic homes and hallways. Enjoy interpretive presentations of Vicksburg's history that brings to life the heritage and culture of this remarkable river city.

Some of Vicksburg's most historic properties will tell their stories from antebellum grandeur to the Siege of Vicksburg to the turn of the 20th Century. Together these stories weave the Tapestry of who we are today.
Vicksburg CVB • PO Box 110 • Vicksburg, MS 39181
Phone: 800-221-3536 • Email:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gold In The Hills

Vicksburg Theatre Guild presents Gold in the Hills Fri.-Sat. Mar. 16-31, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The Guinness Book of World Records’ longest-running show. Set in the 1890s, it features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain, and the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery. Vicksburg Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children (12 & younger). Online tickets are not available for Gold in the Hills, but tickets are available in advance from Paper Plus and the Cricket Box! 

Vicksburg Theatre Guild on FACEBOOK

Friday, February 24, 2012

33rd Run Thru History

33rd Annual Run Thru History: 
10K-Run/5K-Walk/1-Mile Fun Run



Saturday, March 3, 2012
Vicksburg National Milliary Park

Pre-race packet pick-up and 
late registration: 7-8:00 a.m.
10K-Run begins: 8:30 a.m.
5K-Walk begins: 8:35 a.m.
1-Mile Fun Run begins: following 
race and walk

For all race information, visit 
the official Run Thru History 
website at

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Miss Mississippi In Miss America Pageant

Mary Margaret Roark, Miss Mississippi 2011
is in Las Vegas this week for Miss America Pageant.

You can vote for her at People's Choice from now until January 12th!
Official Headshot of Miss Mississippi 2011 Mary Margaret Roark Photograph by Terry Atwood Hair & Makeup by Deborah David of Face-to-Face

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