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Leake County boasts several annual festivals celebrating the local culture and numerous artistic events which are staged throughout the year. 

Square Affair and Heart of Mississippi 5-K Run/Walk is held annually on the third Saturday in May.  The event features a 5-K Run, 5-K Walk, and a one-mile Fun Run, entertainment, Kid's Zone, tractor pull, antique car show and arts and crafts.  Once held on the courthouse square, it has been enjoyed in recent years on the grassy lawn of McMillian Park.

Lena's Independence Celebration is held on the Fourth of July each year.  The day of family fun draws thousands of people to the small Southwestern Leake County town.  The fun-filled day includes food, games, entertainment, political speeches, and arts and crafts concluding with a gigantic fireworks display at dusk.

Harmony Homecoming is held annually in August.  It is a homecoming and reunion of the Harmony Community with games, food, and entertainment.

South of the River Roux is held on the third Saturday in September in downtown Walnut Grove.  In 2014, South of the River Roux replaced the annual Walnut Grove Day held Labor Day weekend for over 35 years. Over 1700 attended the 2014 event, and in 2015, South of the River Roux doubled its festivity seekers.  The day begins with a 5k run/walk, and continues with entertainment, , political speeches, car and tractor shows, and arts and crafts.  Visit us at for more information.

The Wildlife Extravaganza is held annually in November at the Carthage Coliseum.  The event includes youth and adult archery contest, Big Buck contest, entertainment, informative speakers, and dinner.

The Leake County Christmas Parade is held annually in December beginning at the Carthage Coliseum, going around the court square, and returning to the Coliseum featuring entries of all kinds. It is a fun and enjoyable time for the participants and parade goers.

For more information on the above Leake County events, call the Leake County Chamber of Commerce at 601-267-9231.

Trustmark Park, a tree-shaded park in Carthage provides annual musical and theatrical performances from an outdoor amphitheater. 


Located just 20 miles east of Carthage, the Pearl River Resort brings the best of live entertainment and attractions to the South - from stage shows, concerts and professional boxing to unique, one-of-a-kind themed attractions and exhibits.   Pearl River Resort


The amenities of the capital City of Jackson are just an hourís drive and include internationally acclaimed cultural exhibitions, music festivals, international ballet competition, minor league baseball, opera and symphony performances, fine dining, museums and shopping.

Scenic roads, historic homes and fun festivals are just minutes away in Meridian and East Mississippi!


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