Summer Fair, Juneteenth headline weekend events

The 31st Annual South Mississippi Summer Fair rolls into its final weekend at the Coast Coliseum, advertising more rides than ever and plenty of entertainment.

Attractions include a petting zoo, Show-Me-Safari Swine racing, Extreme Illusions and Escapes with Josh Knotts and Lea, a family fun tent, local live music and more.

Gate admission is $5 for ages 13 and older on Friday and Saturday and free on Sunday. Gates open at 5 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Meantime, you’ll find the summer show Allusa and a Kip Moore concert at the Beau Rivage, Divas Starring Frank Marino at the IP, and you can Meet The Spirits of Beauvoir at the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library.
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Juneteenth celebration takes place Saturday

The City of Biloxi will join more than a half dozen local organizations in hosting the annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at John Henry Beck Park, 671 Division St.

The Juneteenth Celebration, which is free and open to all ages, will feature speeches, poetry contests, bounce houses, a health fair, face painting, arts and crafts and voter registration.

Juneteenth is a national celebration established in 1865 in Galveston, Texas to celebrate the freedom of African Americans and emphasize education, fun and unity.

For more information, contact the City of Biloxi Parks & Recreation Director Cheryl Bell at 228-388-7170 or East Biloxi Community Collaborative Program Director Allytra Perryman at 601-385-5540.  
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Fire Department thanks academy supporters

A total of 70 youngsters ages 7 to 12 have graduated from the 2017 Fire Academy for Kids, a free program supported with generous sponsorships.  

In all, 17 organizations participated with donations, demonstrations or allowed use of their facilities.  
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News and notes

Podcasting:  Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney discusses the upcoming “R U ready?” presentations and the city’s new schedule of testing for warning sirens in this week’s City Desk podcast. To hear about these issues and progress on the city’s waterfront plan, click here

Explorers Law Enforcement Academy: Nearly 100 cadets participated in the 2017 Southeastern Law Enforcement Explorer Academy this week in Biloxi. To see images from the academy, click here

‘FoFo’ on the GoGo: Mayor Andrew “Fofo” Gilich has long said that his days in the mayor’s office are like drinking water out of a fire hose: lots of volume and moving quickly. Today, the mayor touched on the myriad initiatives the city is advancing during a rapid fire three minute segment on WXXV today.  To see the segment, click here.

City council meeting:  The Biloxi City Council will meet twice on Tuesday with an 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. meeting at Biloxi City Hall.  To see the agendas for the Tuesday meetings, click here.