It’s Southern Miss under the lights Friday night

The Golden Eagles are headed to primetime Friday night at MGM Park.

Top-seeded Southern Miss, facing a do-or-die situation this afternoon, bested fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech and now heads to the next level in the Conference USA baseball tournament, facing either USTA or Charlotte Friday at 6:30 p.m. at MGM Park.

“This will be a great game Friday night, with the chance for the hometown crowd to turn out and cheer on the hometown and tournament favorite,” said Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “We’ve had a great tournament so far. The response to our hospitality has been outstanding from the visiting teams and fans. We want everyone to do good and have a great experience, but obviously our sentimental favorite is Southern Miss, and we can show our support Friday night.”

Meantime, right now, Rice is playing Old Dominion in Game 7 of the tournament, and the University of Texas at San Antonio faces Charlotte tonight at 7:30. All games are being played at MGM Park, with reserved tickets available at the box office. Free parking is available throughout downtown Biloxi.

Play continues through Sunday afternoon.
See the updated tournament bracket
See game recaps, statistics and video replays


Town Green turns red (and wet) this weekend

A collection of antique and present-day fire trucks, and fun and games for children and adults will be taking over the Biloxi Town Green this Memorial Day weekend.   

The Biloxi Fire Department and the West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum will host the annual Jump into Summer Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The two-day festival will include a collection of antique and present day fire trucks as well as a kid’s firefighter challenge obstacle course, smoke house simulator, fire truck demonstrations, MDOT seat belt and vehicle roll over safety demonstrations, water slides, bounce houses, face painting, balloon art, carnival rides, pony rides, vendors and more.

“This is a family friendly event geared towards small children but with plenty of food and fun for the whole family,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said.  “This is also a fundraiser for the fire museum, which will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, fish plates, shrimp po-boys and drinks.”

There will be a $3 gate fee, which allows all-day access to the waterslides and bounce house. Carnival ride tickets will be available for purchase during the event.

Said Boney: “This is a fun outside event full of family activities that, above all, promotes fire safety.”
See the event flyer
See images from last year’s event 
See more about the Biloxi Fire Department and fire museum 


News and notes

City Desk: So, the house on fire was a block away from the fire station and it was an hour before firefighters brought the blaze under control. How on earth could that be? Fire Chief Joe Boney explains in this week’s City Desk podcast. Plus hear about Conference USA and the lineup of weekend events. To listen, click here.

Biloxi seafood: Tonight’s installment of the Preservation in May series takes place at the Biloxi Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is titled “Biloxi: The Seafood Capital of the World”.  To see more about the Preservation in May events, click here

CPR demonstration: Do you know how to perform hands-only CPR? Well, here is your chance to learn! On June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Biloxi Town Green, American Heart Association will hold a hands-only CPR training for the public.  For more information, click here.

Lagniappe: There’s an end-of-school pool party Friday evening from 6 to 8 at the Biloxi Natatorium. See the details by clicking here. Hiller Park hosts a family fun day, themed “Splash into Summer!”, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, click here. And the merchants of west Howard Avenue have a open house of sorts Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To see details on that event, click here.