A Downtown Block Party â€” the first event in a series of pre-Mississippi State home football game events entitled Viva StarkVegas â€” is set to take place today on Main Street in downtown Starkville.
The event is designed to kick off the weekend for Mississippi Stateâ€™s season opener football game against University of Memphis Saturday night.
Sponsored by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and the MSU Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, Downtown Block Party will feature a street fare atmosphere with live music, art displays and sales by Starkville Area Arts Council local artisans, Main Street restaurant vendor booths, tailgating-wear fashion show, multi-cultural dancing and demonstrations, a childrenâ€™s village with inflatable jumpers and face painting, and much more.
â€śWe saw huge success with Pumpkinpalooza last year on the premise that community events prior to MSU home football games provide a fun, free, family activity for local residents, students, and MSU fans on nights before ball games,â€ť said Jennifer Gregory, GSDP vice president for tourism development & Starkville Main Street program manager.
â€śWe decided we definitely wanted to do more of that and also want to encourage MSU fans to come up to Starkville a night early to really experience what our community has to offer in addition to MSU sports,â€ť she added.
Festivities will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Starkville. Main Street will be closed to traffic for the event from 4 to 10 p.m. from Washington Street to Jackson Street. All activities are free of charge, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Live music performers include: Jeff & Jeff, Bill Cooke, and others.
For more information about the Downtown Block Party or any of the Viva Starkvegas events, contact Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org, (662) 323-3322, or visit the Viva Starkvegas website at http://www.visit.starkville.org/vivastarkvegas.