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Small Business Opportunities in the Gateway to the Delta

Yazoo City, the County seat of Yazoo County, is a great place to visit and a great place to do business! Learn about opportunities for small businesses from the Small Business Association (SBA) at this meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016, starting at 9am. You can pre-register online at the link below.

Welcome to theSmall Business Opportunities in the Gateway to the Delta

Thursday, July 28, 2016
McCoy Elementary School Auditorium
1835 School Dr, Yazoo City, MS 39194

9AM – Registration
10AM – Program Begins

This event is FREE and open to the public!

For more information, contact Rosetta Harris at rosetta.harris@sba.gov
or Deborah Dean at deborah.dean@sba.gov

CLICK HERE to Pre-Register Online Today!


Yazoo Day Thank You Reception

Yazoo Day Thank You Reception

The Yazoo Hometowners Club – Chicago Chapter and the local Yazoo Hometowners Club will be hosting a Thank You Reception recognizing Yazooans who were honored during Yazoo Day 2015.

This reception is open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The reception will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2016 beginning at 6PM at Mary’s Happy Medium, 123 West Broadway, Yazoo City, MS 39194.

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Bentonia Blues Festival 2016

44th Anniversary Bentonia Blues Festival Recap

The 44th-anniversary Bentonia Blues Festival was well attended. The crowd came from all over the United States and from across the globe to celebrate the unique Bentonia style of blues that can still be heard at the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, Mississippi, and on the Holmes farm on the 3rd Saturday each June.

Bentonia Blues Festival 2016 on the Holmes farm near Bentonia

The week full of events included an album release party for Jimmy “Duck” Holmes new album, released by Blue Front Records, titled “It Is What It Is.” Musicians came from New York, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Orleans, to name a few, just to be able to perform for and jam with Yazoo’s own Jimmy “Duck” Holmes at the Blue Front Cafe. The line-up for the festival on the Holmes farm north of Bentonia was equally as impressive, with performances by Sean Ardoin + Zydekool, Ms. Pleschette, Roosevelt Roberts Jr., Bill Abel & Cadillac John Noland, Leo “Bud” Welch, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes w/ Dave Hundreiser, 19th Street Red, Brother Tito Deler, The Blues Doctors, Mike Munson, Wes Lee, and David Raye.


The Blue Front Cafe is the oldest juke joint in Mississippi, possibly in the world, that is still in operation daily. The authenticity of the Blue Front Cafe is unrivaled and is the reason blues fans travel to Bentonia from all over the world almost every day throughout the year.

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Check out the many photos, videos, and articles from the Bentonia Blues Festival and related events below.


Yaz Summer Blast


Yaz Summer Blast

presented by Yazoo City

July 2 – July 3

Yazoo City, Mississippi, is presenting an exciting weekend of events for all! See below for a schedule of events, and don’t miss a minute of the FUN! Various vendors will be on site at each event, so be prepared for food, fun, drinks, and sweet treats! This is a weekend that no one will want to miss. Come out, enjoy and have a SUMMER BLAST!

Schedule of Events:Yaz Summer Blast

Saturday, July 2, 2016

10 AM Class Reunion Parade
Main Street, Yazoo City
Click Here to download the parade entry form in a new window.
“It’s your thing, do what you want to do”
Reunite with classes from 1945-2016! Celebrate your class pride AND our Country’s independence!

7 PM Fireworks Festivities
Wardell Leach Park, 500 W 15th Street, Yazoo City
Live music, Food, Fireworks
DJ Ice Dawg, John Horton Blues Band, Jamie Isonhood and more!
Fireworks Show begins at 8 PM

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Yaz Summer Blast Festivities, 6PM-Until
Downtown Main Street, Yazoo City
Blues, Jazz, Pop and R&B Music
Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, and much more!

NO Glass, NO Coolers, NO Tents
Bring your own lawn chairs!

For more information, contact Olivia McCoy at 662-746-3211

Sponsored by:
CF Industries
Public Service Commission of Yazoo City
Action Properties
The Yazoo Herald
Bank Plus
Power 107 WBYP FM
South Group Insurance Services
Mutual Credit Union
Baptist Health Systems
Bank of Yazoo
and many others!
Thank you for your sponsorship and help in making this a great event!

Yazoo County 10 Can’t-Miss Spots

10 Must-See Spots in Yazoo County, Mississippi

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The Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, Mississippi, is home to many events throughout the year, including related events leading up to the Bentonia Blues Festival. The Festival, held annually on the 3rd Saturday in June, has moved its location about a mile north of Bentonia off Highway 49.

Blue Front Cafe

The oldest juke joint in Mississippi that is still in daily operation – possibly in the world – is located in the town of Bentonia in southern Yazoo County. The Blue Front Cafe was opened in 1948 by Mary and Carey Holmes and in its heyday was the spot for workers coming in from the fields for buffalo fish, drinks, music, haircuts, and more. Today, the Blue Front is owned and operated by a son of the original owners, Mr. Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. “Duck” is the last surviving performer of the Bentonia style of blues – a style unique to the area, originated by the unrecorded Henry Stuckey and made famous by Nehemiah “Skip” James, whose songs have been covered by Robert Johnson, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Beck and many others.

Insiders Tip: The Blue Front Cafe no longer serves food (except during special events) but most days you can still get a cold drink and hear the unique and haunting country style of Blues that originated there. The Blue Front Cafe is a truly authentic juke joint… you can never truly know what to expect.

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Willie Morris, the Yazoo-born author who made the ledend of the witch famous, passed away in 1999. He is buried in the old part of Glenwood, “13 paces to the south of the witch’s grave.” Morris was known to be a fun-loving prankster. Visitors to his grave often leave trinkets in his memory.

Glenwood Cemetery

Yazoo County is full of myths and legends. One of our most famous is that of the “Witch of Yazoo.” Legend has it that she returned from the grave in 1904 to burn down the town, just as she swore on her dying breath. Glenwood is also home to a mass Confederate grave, and the graves of many of Yazoo’s notable, if not famous, sons and daughters. Author and Editor Willie Morris is buried 13 paces to the South of the witch’s grave, whose Legend he made famous in his novel Good Old Boy. Willie, who grew up in Yazoo City, was a prolific writer and wrote two novels about his boyhood that have been made into movies (The River Pirates/Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood (1988), My Dog Skip (2000)).

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Yazoo City’s historic Main Street is colorful and fun. Be sure to tour the area while you are here. Our colorful buildings have made the street an attraction for tourists and travelers from all over the world. Many opt to stay in the unique Main Street Hotel, located on the second floor of many of these colorful buildings.

Main Street, Yazoo City

A short 7 or 8 years ago, Yazoo City’s historic Main Street was on the verge of becoming a ghost town. Buildings were crumbling and in various stages of disrepair, all but a hand-full of businesses had closed or moved, and parking spots were a plenty. Today, we are so proud to say that our historic Main Street is not only surviving but thriving! Thanks to a small group of local business owners who purchased buildings, made repairs, and worked tirelessly to bring in new businesses AND thanks to the remaining few decades-old businesses on Main Street who refused to give up on the area, business is booming. Brightly-painted, colorfully restored or renovated buildings, most of which were built in 1904, now line the streets and are home to craft and antique markets, clothing shops, furniture, children’s toys, delicious food, and more.

Insider Tip: A couple years ago, Yazoo City’s Chamber of Commerce spearheaded the installation of a world- class display of colorful lights draping the buildings on the first 2 blocks of Main Street south of Broadway, as well as several other buildings throughout Yazoo City’s shopping districts. The annual display is now managed by the Yazoo County CVB and delights visitors from early November through the New Year. Check our list of Upcoming Events to stay updated.

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Yazoo City’s Town Center Historic District includes residential and commercial areas. Visit our Brochures page for a copy of the Historic Homes Tour and Historic Churches Tour.

Town Center Historic District

Known as the “largest single area” to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, comprising both residential and commercial areas (including Main Street), the Yazoo City Town Center Historic District can be viewed on a Walking or Driving Tour of homes or of churches. The area was selected by This Old House Magazine as one of their “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in 2012 for its many 19th- and 20th-century examples of Queen Anne cottages, Greek Revivals, and Colonial Revivals.

Insider Tip: Looking to own a unique or historical property? Yazoo City may be just what you’re looking for. One of the factors that This Old House used in their selection was the relatively low price for which real estate can be purchased in our historic district.

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The Triangle Cultural Center was originally the Main Street School, opened in 1904. The building was under construction when Yazoo City burned in 1904.

“The Triangle”

At the north end of Yazoo City’s Main Street is a city block known by locals as “The Triangle.” This triangular-shaped block nearly holds the entire history of Yazoo County. The old Main Street School, now owned by Yazoo City and identified at the Triangle Cultural Center, is home to two museums, a hand full of artists and artisans, and host to many events throughout the year.The basement, or as tourists have come to lovingly call it, “the dungeon,” is home to the William Duke Carter Collection of Antique Tools. The collection of wood planes, blacksmith tools, railroad equipment, and early inventions of the 20th Century was donated by Duke Carter. Carter was a Yazooan whose passion for and interest in 19th and 20th-century craftsmen led to the collection. In 1990, the Carter family donated his collection to the Triangle Cultural Center as a way of exposing people to the craftsmanship of the past.

The second floor of the Triangle is home to the Sam Olden Yazoo Historical Society Museum. This remodeled, modern museum tells the history of Yazoo County from prehistoric fossils, famous Yazooans, Yazoo Firsts, and much more including the Governor Haley Barbour Collection room, full of memorabilia collected during his stay in office and donated by the Yazooan and former Governor.

You will want to take the short stroll from the Triangle Cultural Center to B.S. Ricks Memorial Library. The path you’ll walk along is the Henry Herschel Brickell Memorial Yazoo Literary Walkway, which honors the memory of over 100 published authors from Yazoo.
Ricks Memorial Library is an absolute treasure to behold. The building was built in 1901, and donated by Fannie Ricks in the memory of her late husband. This generous donation meant the already-formed Yazoo Library Association, now the 2nd oldest library association in Mississippi, had a permanent home. Today, this still-active library building is the oldest library building in the state that is still in use. The Library is also a designated Mississippi Literary Landmark in honor of the special childhood relationship that author Willie Morris had with the Library.

Insider Tip: Mr. Ricks was known to have been especially fond of circles. Ms. Fannie Ricks had Ricks Memorial Library building designed with this in mind. See how many circles and half-circles you can find…

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Painting of the view of the steep decline into the Mississippi Delta from the top of Broadway hill by Edd Smith, 2009, from the collection of Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Being located at the edge of where the Delta meets the Hills gives Yazoo a unique perspective. Nowhere is this more evident than when taking in the iconic views of Broadway hill. The over 200-foot decline from the top of Broadway (at Battle Road) to the bottom of Broadway hill at Main Street and beyond offers a spectacular view of the historic district of Yazoo City, that flows down to Main Street and into the great, flat Mississippi Delta. The view is truly and spectacularly breathtaking.

Insider Tip: The view from the top of Broadway can be obscured when the trees are in full glory during late spring and summer. To have the best view, make the stop during the late fall, winter, or early spring.

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Wolf Lake – “The Delta’s Best-Kept Secret” includes a public boat ramp. M.J. Cabins is a new development that offers overnight or weekly stays on the edge of the Lake, including kayaking!

Wolf Lake

Wolf Lake is known by insiders as, “the Delta’s Best-Kept Secret.” The Lake offers a public boat launch, convenient location to Hines Grocery’s restaurant and bait shop, incredible fishing, and glass-like conditions for water-skiing or wake-boarding.

This 18,000 acre, 15-mile-long lake is located 8 miles northwest of Yazoo City off Highway 149, and is the site of fishing tournaments each year. In 2014, it was the site of the first Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour stop outside of the state of Louisiana.

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The Yazoo River Bridge at Satartia is said to be haunted by some, ugly by others. Either way, it is a unique sight and the sign you have officially enterered the Delta.

Yazoo River Bridge at Satartia

The Satartia River Bridge is one of only 3 vertical lift bridges in the state. The bridge spans the Yazoo River at Satartia Road, a river named by the French explorer LaSalle in 1682, after a tribe of Native Americans he found living near the mouth. The river was given its name by the French explorer La Salle in 1682 when he found a small Indian tribe with that name living near its mouth.

According to the Vicksburg Post, several ghost-hunting Web sites and WJTV News Channel 12 in Jackson have cited hauntings around the Satartia bridge. The Web site paranormalnews.com claims visitors to the bridge can see yellow-green bubbling water in the river and hear moans down below at night. Perhaps it’s the lost souls of the “Yazoo Indians”, who according to one legend, marched into the river to their deaths because they refused to surrender to the French. Or, maybe it’s a lost crew of one of the 29 boats sunk in the Yazoo River during the Civil War. The views of the River and the Delta are the most beautiful sites in the area. Interestingly, the Satartia bridge has been listed on websites listing ugly bridges. Still, the complicated mechanical wonder of a vertical lift bridge, which acts as it sounds – lifting the whole roadbed through a system of counterweights and cables – is a thing of beauty, is it not?

Plus, a drive through Yazoo County on Satartia Road will lead you from the pretty little town of Satartia through farm land, past swamps and forests, all the way to the tiny area known as Holly Bluff. Before reaching Holly Bluff, when the road nears Lake George, your drive will take you past Perry Farms and past the Lake George Site on the Mississippi Mound Trail.

The Lake George Site (also called Holly Bluff) originally had as many as 28 mounds and is one of Mississippi’s largest continuously occupied Native American sites. The history of earthmoving at the site is impressive. Though people began living at Lake George between 1500-1000 BC, the first earthen mounds were built during AD 850-1000 or perhaps a little earlier.

Professional archaeologists excavated portions of many of the mounds in the 1940s and 1950s. They found that Mound C was one of the first to be built and that it was used as a burial mound. One or two additional mounds were also built during this time. Present day visits are best made during the fall or winter, as the mounds that remain are tree covered, and the lush foliage can make the mounds difficult to see.

Panther Swamp and TR NWR Complex Headquarters

The TR NWR Complex Headquarters is located in Yazoo County in Panther Swamp NWR. Along with business activities such as permits, the headquarters includes a visitor’s lobby with lots of displays. Want to pet an alligator or learn what a bear’s fur feels like? The lobby has these and more on display, and children are welcome to experience it all!

Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Covering over 40,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo sloughs, and meandering bayous, Panther Swamp NWR is one of the largest refuges in the state of Mississippi. Visitors Activities at Panther Swamp include fishing, hunting, paddle boating, nature viewing, bird watching, and more. Panther Swamp NWR is managed as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Complex, which offers a visitors information center on MS-149 in Yazoo County. The Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex is the largest refuge complex in the state of Mississippi and includes over 100,000 acres of refuge lands on seven refuges.

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Ubons Bloody Mary Mix and Ubons Sauce can be purchased in several shops in Yazoo. Be sure to catch the youngest in the Ubon’s legacy, Jacob, compete Monday nights on Kids BBQ Championship on the Food Network.

Food, Food, and MORE Delicious Food!

The culinary culture of Yazoo County is perhaps as varied and as fabled as her land and people. Yazoo County is home to producers of fine foods and treats found and recognized worldwide.

Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory was founded in 1991 in Yazoo City, “where the love of good food and hospitality run deep.” Today, the business is still family owned and operated, and their delicious products are baked and shipped fresh daily all over the world from right here in Yazoo City.

Yazoo Toffee Company is a more recent development in Yazoo, having opened their business in 2012 as a mother-daughter team. The pair put a “southern” twist on traditional English Toffee, using the best ingredients and handcrafting each batch. Their unique treats can be found in specialty shops and stores all over the southeast.

In 1982, Simmons Farmed Raised Catfish Processing Plant opened, growing from the 1977 idea by Yazoo City farmer Harry Simmons. Harry began to replace his fields with ponds for raising catfish – a clean, sustainable food that could provide delicious year-round nutrition for American families even as it protected and nurtured the environment. The rest, as they say, is history. Simmons Farm Raised Catfish, still at home in Yazoo, is a nationally-recognized brand – one that stands for American-grown and produced quality.

Perhaps most famous is Yazoo City’s Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo. Ubon’s, the Restaurant, grew from a 5-generation family recipe for BBQ sauce, sprang into a championship-winning Memphis Barbecue Network cooking team, and eventually led to the opening of the hometown restaurant. The father-daughter pair, Garry and Leslie Roark, have led their team to a list of wins to rival the most prolific. Today, their Ubons Sauce and Ubons Bloody Mary Mix, in a variety of concoctions, can be found in specialty and grocery stores all over the United States. Leslie Roark Scott made appearances on the Food Network in 2015 earning her and Yazoo much fame. And the family isn’t done earning recognition. Leslie’s son, 12-year-old Jacob, is currently competing on the new Kids BBQ Championship, airing Monday nights! Check local listings for channel and time.

With over 30 locally-owned restaurants and eateries, and a selection of the usual favorites, the only problem may come in choosing what to eat while you’re in Yazoo. Perhaps Mississippi Magazine said it best in their May/June 2015 issue, “Yazoo… has an eatery to fit every appetite. Do yourself a favor and visit more than once.”

Insider Tip: Sundays and Mondays in the Delta (and many places) can make for slim pickings on unique places to eat. Best to plan your trip around those slow days, or research ahead of your trip to find those businesses which are open. For additional help in planning your trip, contact us.

T.J. Huddleston, Sr.

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T.J. Huddleston, Sr.

Yazoo City, Mississippi – June 1, 2016 – Today we remember the life and legacy of one great Yazooan, Thomas Jefferson Huddleston, Sr., born June 1, 1876. A great orator and salesman with a gift for captivating his audience, he started a chain of funeral homes in Mississippi.

In 1924, T.J. Huddleston, Sr., founded the Afro-American Sons and Daughters, a fraternal organization in Mississippi and one of the leading black voluntary associations in the state. Organized in 1924, it had 35,000 members by the 1930s.

In 1928, the association opened the Afro-American Hospital of Yazoo City, the first hospital for blacks in the state. Dr. Lloyd Tevis Miller (L.T. Miller), co-founder of the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association (MMSA), the state’s largest and oldest organization representing African American health professionals, was recruited by Huddleston to serve as the facility’s first director. T J Huddleston Sr in his office WEB

The hospital offered both major and minor surgery. The facility’s primary mission was to service its members but, given the lack of quality health care facilities available to blacks at the time, the hospital serviced not only individuals from Yazoo City and the Delta region but other parts of Mississippi and the South as well.

The hospital serviced the area for 60 years, closing in 1970 after the civil rights Afro American Sons and Daughters logoWlegislation of the 1960s rendered it obsolete. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, and is currently on a list of 10 most endangered historic sites in Mississippi.

Mr. T.J. Huddleston, Sr., was the grandfather of another of Yazoo’s famous sons, Mike Espy. Espy became Assistant State Attorney General from 1984 to 1985, when he was elected as a Democrat to the 100th Congress in 1986 from Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district. He defeated two-term Republican Webb Franklin to become the first African-American to represent Mississippi at the federal level since Reconstruction. He was reelected three times. Just 20 days after taking office for his fourth term, Espy resigned after being appointed Secretary of Agriculture in the Cabinet of President Bill Clinton. He served as Secretary of Agriculture in 1993–94.


Thanks to Joseph C. Thomas for information and photographs from his book, Afro-American Sons & Daughters 1849-1949 (Thomas & Kirk Publishing; 1997)

National Trails Day at Delta National Forest

National Trails Day 2016

Delta National Forest Hosts Trail Day Celebration

Hiking. Biking. Birdwatching. Those are some of the activities waiting for visitors in Delta National Forest. Come and visit Delta National Forest on Saturday, June 4 and participate in its 1st National Trails Day event at the Blue Lake Recreation Area.

“We want people to get outdoors, to visit their ‘national forest,’ and to participate in this day that is dedicated to connecting youth and the surrounding community to this great treasure,” said District Ranger Valencia Morris.

The National Trails Day event, which begins at 9 a.m. with registration and a safety briefing, celebrates America’s 200,000 miles of trails that allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more.

“During the first part of the day, we will work on trails maintenance, sign rehab, and installation, and overall area clean-up,” Morris said. “Lunch will be provided at noon and then we will have activities for youth and adults to enjoy the Blue Lake Recreation Area. Bring comfortable clothes and a curious mind.”

The restoration and other activities are sponsored by Tread Lightly! Inc., Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership, Sharkey Issaquena 4H Youth Shooting Sports, and Cary Christian Center. Those interested in attending are invited to visit http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/events/blue-lake-recreation-area-hiking-trail-day for more information and to register for this event. However, registration is not required – just come on out!

“Trails give us a means to support good physical and mental health,” said Morris. “The day also aims to highlight the important work volunteers do to take care of trails. Trails do not just magically appear for our enjoyment. Their construction and maintenance takes hours of dedicated planning and labor. So give thanks to your local volunteers and consider taking a day to give back to your favorite trail.”

The Delta National Forest, located in Sharkey County, includes more than 45 miles of recreational trails, two developed recreation areas, and five green-tree reservoirs for waterfowl habitat. It is the only bottomland hardwood forest in the National Forest System. For more information about the Delta National Forest, contact the Delta Ranger District at (662) 873-6256 or visit us at www.fs.usda.gov/mississippi.

National Trails Day 2016


Pre-Employability Skills Workshop

Pre-Employability Skills Workshop FREE!


WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 12 noon – Resume Prep Class
1:00 p.m. – Dress for Success Workshop

WHERE: Yazoo County Economic Development & Education Center
637 E. 15th Street, Yazoo City, MS 39194

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Yazoo County Economic Development & Education Center is located on East 15th Street in Yazoo City

NOTE: For the Resume Prep Class, please have your work history information written down and bring it with you!

For more information, contact Daniel Haralson at 662.590.5996

This is a GREAT way to prepare for the 2016 Yazoo County Area Job Fair, May 10, 2016 in Yazoo City. Employers will be hiring at the job fair!

If you are looking for a job in or near Yazoo, do not miss the Yazoo County Area Job Fair!

Yazoo County CVB Wins 2015 All Star Award

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Yazoo County CVB Receives 2015 Constant Contact All Star Award

Recognized for achievements using online marketing tools to drive success

YAZOO COUNTY, MISS — March 30, 2016 – Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau,the official Destination Marketing Organization for Yazoo County, Mississippi, has been named a 2015 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to hundreds of thousands of small organizations worldwide. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10% of Constant Contact’s customer base, based on their significant achievements leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization.

Yazoo County, Mississippi, winner of a Readers’ Choice Award from Convention South Magazine in 2015, Delta’s Best Tourism award in 2014 from the Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact, 3-time winner (2012, 2013, 2014) of CVB of the Year from the Mississippi Tourism Association, and 4-time winner (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) of an All Star Award from Constant Contact, is home to the world famous Bentonia blues, world championship winning barbecue, famous literary and political figures, unique art and shopping, and a living history like nowhere else in Mississippi.

“We are thrilled to once again be recognized by Constant Contact for our marketing efforts,” says YCCVB Executive Director Shanitra Finley. “Our e-newsletter has helped us to target fans of Yazoo’s tourism products since 2011. Having such an active readership helps us at the CVB to spread the word of the good things happening in Yazoo County. We are excited to expand our service in the coming year to include an e-newsletter specifically for our tourism partners in Yazoo County, keeping them inspired and informed with industry-specific news and more.”

Small businesses and nonprofits using Constant Contact’s online marketing tools are eligible for this award. Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following:

  • Level of engagement with email campaigns
  • Open, bounce, and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools

“At Constant Contact, we aim to help small businesses become marketers so they can do even more business. Our All Stars are leading the way, showing us the difference online marketing can make for a small business. It’s truly inspiring,” said John Orlando, chief marketing officer at Constant Contact. “We’re thrilled to recognize Yazoo County CVB for their commendable achievements in 2015 with this All Star Award.”

About Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Located just 30 minutes north of Jackson, Mississippi, Yazoo County is a unique destination for leisure guests, individual business travelers, and groups. Visitors to Yazoo County enjoy unique shopping, dining and entertainment options; outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking and much more; authentic Blues at the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint that is still in daily operation; our 18,000-acre Wolf Lake and the Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; colorful Main Street and the Yazoo City Town Center Historic District; Glenwood Cemetery and the legend of the “Witch of Yazoo”; and so much more.

Yazoo County is the home of Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo, headed up by the Roark family who have had multiple appearance on the Food Network and innumerable barbecue championships, as well as over 30 other locally-owned restaurants and eateries to thrill your taste buds. Yazoo County is also home to more than 220 guest rooms ranging from the ordinary to the uniquely unexpected, cabins, and RV and camping areas. Yazoo County’s award-winning tourism products include family-friendly events and festivals, Civil War history, African American history and heritage, and historical sites. Discover Yazoo County, Mississippi: Colorful, Authentic, and Unique… Just like you!

For more information, visit www.VisitYazoo.org or call 800.381.0662. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/VisitYazoo; Twitter, www.Twitter.com/VisitYazoo; and Instagram, www.Instagram.com/VisitYazoo.

Media Contact:
Dawn R. Davis
Communications Coordinator
Yazoo County CVB

About Constant Contact®, Inc.
Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing since 1995, provides hundreds of thousands of small businesses around the world with the online marketing tools, resources, and personalized coaching they need to grow their business.

Constant Contact and the Constant Contact Logo are registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All Constant Contact product names and other brand names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
Media Contact:
Erika Tower
Constant Contact


Yazoo County’s Blue Front Cafe and Glenwood Cemetery Make Top 40 List of Places to Visit in the Mississippi Delta!

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Two Yazoo County attractions included in the recently published “Top 40 Places to Visit in the Mississippi Delta”

The Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, Mississippi, opened in 1948, making it the oldest juke joint in Mississippi that is still in operation. The site draws thousands of blues fans from all over the world each year to the tiny town of Bentonia to hear the ‘real-deal blues’ from owner and operator Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, the last of the Bentonia blues men.

Yazoo City’s Glenwood Cemetery, a favorite stop for visitors to the area of all ages, includes the grave of the infamous “Witch of Yazoo,” as well as a mass Confederate grave. The Cemetery took home the title of runner-up in a 2012 poll on HuffPost Travel of the “Spookiest Cemetery in the US.” Perhaps most significant, Glenwood is the final resting place of the famed Mississippi author whose tales of growing up in Yazoo have become a part of the study of Mississippi history for school children across the state, Mr. Willie Morris.

Learn more about the Top 40 below:

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi And Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area Launch New Website Featuring Top 40 Mississippi Delta Attractions

To recognize their commitment to promoting educational and cultural quality of life in the Mississippi Delta region, GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA) have partnered to develop a new website showcasing the Top 40 places to visit in the Mississippi Delta. Delta residents and visitors can discover 40 of the most celebrated locations in the Mississippi Delta beginning today by visiting GRAMMYMuseumMS.org and clicking on the Explore tab.

The Top 40 features cultural heritage attractions throughout the Mississippi Delta that tell the region’s diverse stories. The website underscores the Museum and MDNHA’s shared interest in promoting the entire 18-county Mississippi Delta region as an educational cultural heritage destination of which its residents should be proud.“As GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, we explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, and we’re also telling the story of the cradle of America’s music right here in Cleveland, the heart of the Mississippi Delta,” said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “Our area’s rich musical legacy is a source of pride for Delta residents. We want to encourage everyone to explore and learn about our entire region, from local school groups to travelers from around the globe.”

“As GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, we explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, and we’re also telling the story of the cradle of America’s music right here in Cleveland, the heart of the Mississippi Delta,” said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “Our area’s rich musical legacy is a source of pride for Delta residents. We want to encourage everyone to explore and learn about our entire region, from local school groups to travelers from around the globe.”

The Top 40 features panoramic images of some must-see destinations and attractions throughout the Delta. Among the featured attractions are Tunica River Park, the birthplace of internationally renowned actor James Earl Jones; Baptist Town in Greenwood; Vicksburg National Military Park; Cotesworth Mansion in North Carrollton; St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Lexington; and unique local eateries like Blue Front Café in Bentonia and Farmer’s Grocery in Grace.


Blue Front Cafe

Blue Front Cafe

“The Top 40 celebrates the Mississippi Delta’s rich, diverse culture,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, which is the management entity for the MDNHA. “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Heritage Area both are committed to promoting the entire Delta. Yes, the Delta is the birthplace of the Blues, and music is a big part of our story, but there is so much more to discover and experience here, such as civil rights, culinary, and nature-based heritage sites. The Top 40 website highlights examples of these diverse cultural heritage attractions across the Delta region.”


Top 40 attractions were identified in collaboration with the Mississippi Delta Tourism Association and various county boards of supervisors throughout the region. Each of the 18 Delta counties has two attractions represented on the list. Four of the attractions are region-wide, including Bridging the Blues music heritage festival and the Mississippi Freedom Trail for civil rights heritage.

“We appreciate GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area for coordinating the Top 40 list,” said Webster Franklin, President and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau and member of the Mississippi Delta Tourism Association. “This is a great program that will bring positive attention to the entire region.”

There are plans to develop the Top 40 even further during a second phase that would make the website even more interactive and participatory.

About GRAMMY Museum MississippiGRAMMY Pro Art Of The Craft: Songwriting
Built and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation — a non-profit organization developed in 2011 — the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Similar to its sister Museum — the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape. For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, visit www.grammymuseumms.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook.

About the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and The Delta Center
The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area is a partnership between the people of the Mississippi Delta and the National Park Service. The MDNHA was designated by U.S. Congress in 2009 and is governed by a board of directors representing agencies and organizations defined in the congressional legislation. More information about the MDNHA, including the complete approved management plan, is available at www.msdeltaheritage.com.
The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University is the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. For more information, visit www.deltacenterdsu.com.

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