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Southaven to celebrate Springfest this fall

Southaven’s big annual event, which is normally held in the spring, will be held this year in October. 

Springfest, the annual celebration of Southaven’s incorporation as a city in 1980, is being held this year in October due to the coronavirus pandemic canceling the event last year. The multi-day festival at Snowden Grove Park is typically held in mid-April as Southaven’s incorporation date is April 15, 1980.  

Despite the delay, this year’s event is taking on the name of “It’s Still Springfest 2021.” Dates for this year’s festival are Oct. 26-30 at  Snowden Grove.  

Among the traditions of Springfest is the annual barbecue contest that will also be held this year on the ground. Springfest is hosting a dual-sanctioned event, with the Memphis Barbecue Network and the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Team applications and the rules for the Mississippi State Barbecue Cooking Contest are available through contacting Kristi Faulkner at the Mayor’s office in Southaven. 

One component of Springfest this year missing will be musical entertainment, with officials putting more emphasis on the barbecue contest taking place during the week, instead. 

Carnival “Wristband Nights” are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The carnival midway opens at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with free admission at the gate, and $20 Carnival wristbands may be purchased inside the Carnival area for unlimited rides.

Friday and Saturday, Springfest admission at the gate is free before 12 noon on Friday and Saturday, and carnival tickets will be for sale in the carnival area: $1 each, or 24 tickets for $20. After 12 noon on Friday and Saturday, the admission cost will be free for ages 10 and under, and $10 for those age 11 and up.  

For detailed information, visit the Southaven website at, contact Kristi Faulkner at, or by phone at 662-393-6939.

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