Seafood fest bows Saturday; other news and notes

The annual Biloxi Seafood Festival — offering an array of fresh seafood dishes, live entertainment, children’s activities and arts and crafts — takes place Saturday and Sunday on the Biloxi Town Green.

The award-winning festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults. On Sunday, visitors can pay an extra $5 in the gumbo championship area to sample all gumbo contest entries.

As many as 25,000 fest-goers are expected to attend the two-day affair, which this year has benefited from supplemental advertising and promotion courtesy of BP and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.

New this year: a water slide for children.

To see the entertainment lineup for the festival, click here.

Weekend preview: To see the complete list of other events taking place in Biloxi this weekend — Smokey Robinson, Mickey Gilley, Jerry Jeff Walker, Wanda Sykes and more — click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Seafood Festival Chairman Damon Penny gives you a preview of this weekend’s Biloxi Seafood Festival, plus you can hear the latest on other events du jour in this week’s webcast. To listen to the 15-minute program,
click here.

Council meetings: The Biloxi City Council meets at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The morning meeting will be a continuation of budget negotiations. To see the agendas and available resolutions for both meetings, click here.

Indian football: The Biloxi Indians host the D’Iberville Warriors this evening. For background on the Indians and to see a link to the game broadcast, click here.

Blue ribbons, etc.: Meantime, the school district also honored the award-winning achievements of Nichols students and staff during a ceremony at Gorenflo this morning. To see photographs from the event and see other school news, click here.

Road work: The traffic signals at the intersection of McDonnell Avenue and Pass Road will be inoperative for most of the day Tuesday, Sept. 14, beginning at 8 a.m. while Mississippi Power Co. workers replace utility poles and transformers. Biloxi Police will be at the location to help keep traffic moving safely. To see the lineup of other roadwork taking place throughout the city, click here.