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Monthly archive for January 2013

Fire & Feast 2013 – planning has begun!

Planning has already begun for the 2013 edition of Yazoo City’s newest festival – Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival, September 6 & 7!  As presenting sponsors for Fire & Feast, the Yazoo County CVB, has issued an open call to local and regional artists who would like to perform in Yazoo City on September 6, 2013.  Visit www.fireandfeast.org for details on submitting your information for consideration.  Deadline is February 28, 2013.  NO PHONE CALLS Started in 2011 by the Yazoo County CVB, the Yazoo County Fair Association, and a committee of local volunteers, Fire & Feast has grown leaps and bounds!  The event has drawn some of the Memphis Barbecue Network‘s top teams into Yazoo City to compete for their share of CASH PRIZES, totaling $20,000!  And, professional teams love the unique hand-forged Damascus blade knives as trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, made by Yazoo County’s Bobby Rico of Rico

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Oakes African-American Cultural Center

The Oakes House was home to the Oakes family for almost 125 years. Today it houses the Oakes African-American Cultural Center, where visitors can take a glimpse into the lives and heritage of an outstanding African-American family.   The Oakes Family Home Its History and Legacy The Oakes family moved from South Carolina to Yazoo City in 1853 after John Oakes bought the freedom of his wife Mary and her two children. In 1866 the family purchased a lot with a one-room structure that would remain the home of members of the Oakes family until 1989. By 1930, the one-room structure had grown to the regal two-story home that stands today. gambling loan sharks The careful restoration of the Oakes House, which occurred during the 1990s, preserved the uniqueness of the construction and it is now listed on the Mississippi and the National Register of Historic Places. The house has

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Sam Olden Historical Museum

The Sam Olden Yazoo Historical Society Museum, located in the Triangle Cultural Center in Yazoo City, brings together the County’s diverse past – from fossils dating back some 45,000 years to Native American relics, Civil War History, and African-American History, to the legendary trainman Casey Jones, and so much more. Yazoo’s history began with Native Americans, both regional and small local tribes. The small tribe of Yazoos, who gave the region its name, was ‘along with the much larger Choctaw Nation which dominated the area’ the first of these people to be encountered by French explorers led by Cavalier De La Salle in 1682. It was the French who, on the maps, first name the river, which flows through the middle of the county “The River of The Yazous.” The county and city were later namesakes of the river. No one is quite sure what the word Yazoo meant in

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Tom’s on Main

   Tom’s on Main 219 South Main Street Yazoo City www.tomsonmain.com 662-716-0505 Tom’s on Main is the vision of owner Thomas Johnson, whose former market and gourmet lunch spot Yazoo Market earned notoriety through regional and national publications including Mississippi Magazine and Garden & Gun.  His new location on historic Main Street in Yazoo City still offers the same diverse lunch menu and daily lunch specials, with the addition of a spacious new dining area.  Tom’s on Main is also open for dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  Since opening in January 2013, Tom’s on Main has been very popular.  It’s a good idea to make reservations for your evening meals, and to call ahead to order your lunch plates.  Of course, they’re still glad to see you, and will take good care of you, if you do just pop in.

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We had a BLAST!

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out last Thursday, January 17, to celebrate the grand opening of our new office and visitor center.  Special thanks to Tom’s on Main, Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo, and Cafe 7 for donating door prizes.  We also wish to thank McDade’s Market, catering services by Cafe 7, Discount Package Liquor, and Good Hope General Merchandise for their support of this event. Check out a few photos below from the event, or visit our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YazooCVB to see more! 2013 is going to be an outstanding year for tourism in Yazoo County, Mississippi – and everyone you see in these photos has a hand in making that happen.  Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. -Tonja, Shanitra, Dawn and Genie Yazoo County CVB Staff [srizonfbalbum id=1]

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Yazoo County Multi-Day FAM Tour

Yazoo County, Mississippi Day 1 9:00 am Leave Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau office and visitor center in Yazoo City, Mississippi 10:00 am Arrive in Vaughn, MS area Rico Knives -4751 Hwy 432, Vaughan, MS 39179 Harkins Chairs -3808 Bend Road, Vaughan, MS 39179 Oak Grove AME Church – 8722 Hwy 16 E, Benton, MS 39039 Blue Front Café – 107 E. Railroad Ave, Bentonia, MS 39040 Blues Markers (Bentonia, MS) – Hwy 433 Between Benton and Bentonia, Blue Front Cafe, and corner of Hwy 433 and Hwy 49N 1:30 pm Depart for Satartia, MS Tour Emmaus Retreat Center – 5602 Hwy 3, Satartia, MS 39162 Box lunches from local restaurant 3:00 pm Depart for Yazoo City – Check in at local hotel 6:30 pm Dinner – Restaurant of choice Day 2 10:00 am Leave hotel for tour of Yazoo City, MS Tale of Witch of Yazoo – Glenwood

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Wells Ranch Tour

9:00     Leave for Wells Ranch payday loan on phoneprotection than credit 9:30     Arrive at Wells Ranch Introduction of Animals: (Feed and Pet small animals) best payday cash advance lenders Introduction to Large Animals: ( Feed or Pet larger animals) Optional: (Fishing or Guided Horse Rides or Hay Rides, etc.) Cleanup Break 12:00 Lunch in Pavillion at Wells Ranch 1:00 End of Tour   Other Attractions Available: Tour Downtown Historic District ( Walk or Drive Tour) Shopping available Tour at the Triangle Cultural Center – Sam Olden Historical Museum, and Duke Carter Antique Tool Museum. Tour Oakes African American Cultural Museum Greg Harkins Woodworks ( Chair maker for the Presidents)-Admission Glendood Cemetery – Hear the Story of our Legendary Witch read by Local Story Teller dressed in Costume and view the gravesite of Willie Morris author Good Old Boy and My Dog Skip.

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Yazoo County Tour

Full Day tour with Overnight Stay 10:00 Arrive at the Triangle Cultural Center Tour Sam Olden Historical Museum and the Duke Carter Antique Tool Museum 11:00 Leave for Glenwood Cemetery Hear the Story of the Witch read by local Story Teller, visit Willie Morris’s grave site and select historic grave sites. Drive by Willie Morris’s Childhood Home 12:00 Lunch (Group Choice – sack-lunch on lawn, choice of local restaurant, etc.) 1:00 Tour Downtown Historic District (Walk or Drive Tour) Shopping available. 2:30 Tour Oakes African American Cultural Museum 3:00 Agricultural Tour – See cotton, soybeans, corn, milo, and catfish farms (varies by season). We will visit a cotton gin and drive by beautiful Wolf and Broad Lakes. ADMISSION REQUIRED 4:30 Leave for Yazoo City 5:00 Check in at Hotel 6:00 Meet for Dinner 7:30 Leave for Blue Front Café 8:00 Hear Live Entertainment performed by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes / Local Artist

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“Good Old Boy” Tour

Also known as the “Good Old Boy Tour” FULL School Day Tour 9AM •Arrive at Triangle Cultural Center Tour office, Take Restroom Break •Tour the Sam Olden Historical Society Museum (Located in the Triangle Cultural Center) •Downtown Walking Tour – My Dog Skip/Good Old Boy •Hear the story of the legendary “witch of Yazoo” read by local story teller dressed in costume, and view the grave site of Willie Morris, author of Good Old Boy and My Dog Skip. (located in Glenwood Cemetery) •Ride by famous author Willie Morris’ childhood home •Sack Lunch – Triangle Cultural Center Auditorium or Grounds of Triangle OR lunch at local restaurant. •River Pirates or My Dog Skip Movie in Triangle CC Auditorium •Sam Olden Museum Trivia- Groups of 5 students- Prize given to winners •Leave for Next Destination (Approx. 1:30PM) Other Attractions Available: Greg Harkins Woodworks, “Chairmaker to the Presidents” ADMISSION REQUIRED (30 minute

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Yazoo County Senior Group Tour

Tour Length: Approx. 5 hrs. (Half Day) Arrive at Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau office and visitor center in Yazoo City, Mississippi Travel to the Triangle Cultural Center Tour the Sam Olden Historical Society Museum (located in the Triangle Cultural Center on top level, staircase only) Depart for Glenwood Cemetery Hear the story of the legendary “witch of Yazoo” read by local story teller dressed in costume, and view the grave site of Willie Morris, author of Good Old Boy and My Dog Skip. (located in Glenwood Cemetery) Lunch at Restaurant of your choice Tour Downtown Historic District (Walk or Drive Tour) Shopping available Tour Oakes African American Cultural Center Leave for next destination   Also Available: Greg Harkins Woodworks (Chairmaker to the Presidents) – 30 minute drive to Vaughan, MS. By Appointment. ADMISSION REQUIRED Yazoo County’s Agricultural Tours. – See cotton, soybeans, corn, milo, and catfish farms. Visit

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