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    Spring in Vicksburg

    The clichés about spring in Vicksburg happen to be true. Natural beauty, blooming flowers and lovely scents do paint a pretty picture here. It's the old South in living history, complete with period costumes. Festivals and casino gaming are in full swing as well, and spring break has arrived.

    Antebellum mansions and Civil War sites are significant tourist spots in Vicksburg, but live music, great food and shopping are other entertaining options. The spas here are just waiting to pamper lavish visitors with luxurious treatments after a hard day of site seeing. Festivals galore will fill your spring calendar, so go ahead and pencil in some of our favorites!

    1. The annual RiverFest Music and Arts Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 this year. Arts and crafts and live music draw thousands of people, and there are quite a few food vendors to keep them all happy. There's a cover fee for music at this festival from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. It all happens on Washington Street between South and Crawford Streets.

    2. The Alcorn State University Jazz Fest is on Saturday, April 18, and starts at 9 a.m. at 1600 Mulberry, a couple of blocks over from the RiverFest, but closer to the river. This is a free event.

    3. Festivals in Vicksburg continue into May, too, starting on May 1st. The Tara Spring Birding Weekend is May 1-3 at Tara Wildlife on Eagle Lake, about a 30-minute drive northwest of Vicksburg. There are birding tours and a schedule of events for all three days. Hotel packages are available for one night or all weekend.

    4. The 45th annual Play-a-Day-in-May-Away Festival begins Friday, May 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday, May 3, from noon to 5 p.m. Games and activities help to work up appetites for all of the food vendors' many choices of edible goodies. Bingo, carnival booths, homemade candy and baked goods are only part of the fun. Entry is free and visitors can buy tickets to use at the booths.

    5. The Magnolia State Fiber Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30 at the Vicksburg Convention Center, downtown. It's all about fiber and "sheep-related" workshops and demonstrations. This is sure to be a unique event you won't want to miss.

    6. On June 1, you can experience the Vicksburg National Military Park Living History Program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is only $8 per vehicle.

    7. Top off any visit to Vicksburg with some good, old fashioned gambling fun at Lady Luck Casino®. Located about three miles south of Vicksburg on Warrenton Road, Lady Luck® is always fun, and has amazing live music and great food. April events sweeten the pot for gaming activities, and gift giveaways are nice extras.

    Just think of the possibilities. Vicksburg is usually warm and pleasant in April, and gaming offers potential winnings. There are plenty of festivals to peruse and enjoy, so come on down!


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