1. Watermelon Festival

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An annual fundraiser for the Mize Volunteer Fire Department, the Mississippi Watermelon Festival in Mize, Mississippi, offers watermelon-themed activities for children and adults. The festival includes a car show, watermelon contests, a 5k run/walk, a fireworks show and John Conlee in concert.

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2. World Catfish Festival

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The best place to celebrate catfish is in the catfish capital of the world, Belzoni, Mississippi. The World Catfish Festival features a catfish eating contest, the crowning of the Catfish Queen and the world’s largest fish fry.

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3. Tomato Festival

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Crystal Springs, Mississippi, celebrates its tomato heritage every year with the Tomato Festival. Vendors line Marion Avenue and Georgetown Street while attendees can enjoy the flea market, farmer’s market, live entertainment, the Tomato Museum and a kiddie parade.

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4. Blueberry Jubilee

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Every year, 10,000 visitors travel to Poplarville, Mississippi, for the Blueberry Jubilee. Between storytelling, arts and crafts, live entertainment and food showcasing blueberries, this festival provides much more than down home Mississippi hospitality. In addition to celebrating blueberries in the community, the Jubilee Council promotes the blueberry industry by providing grants for programs around Pearl River county.

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5. Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival

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“A little taste of heaven in Mississippi,” otherwise known as the Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival, in Vardaman, Mississippi, celebrates the several generations of sweet potato producers in North Mississippi. Over three days, activities include an extensive Sweet Potato King/Queen contest, original sweet potato recipe contest, arts and crafts festival, antique tractor judging, sweet potato tasting booth, sweet potato pie eating contest and a sweet potato festival banquet.

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