Southaven celebrates 32nd birthday

(WMC-TV) - Southaven is celebrating its 32nd birthday in style.

At SpringFest in Snowden Grove Park, visitors can find live music, rides, games and, of course, barbeque.

Junior grill master Jacob Thompson joined grillers from across the state as they cooked for big appetites on Friday morning.

"We've been prepping for this since about last year," said one of the competitors.

Event organizer Kristi Faulkner expects a large turnout.

"I believe we have 53 teams out here this year and they'll all start those grills and the judging starts tomorrow as early as 8 o clock," she said.

But what's a spring festival without the rides?

Tyler Kieffner wasn't too sure about riding the Nemesis 360 which promises to flip, spin and twirl each rider from high up in the air.

The ride is the only one of its' kind east of the Mississippi River.

But if you don't want to be flipped, twirled or spun, there are rides for everyone.

"Probably going to ride the Area 51, Moby dick, Tilt-a-whirl and the bumper carts," Kieffner said.

Dana Kieffner brought Tyler and her other little one for their first time.

"It's a little smaller than the Mid-South Fair, so it'll go smoother for them," Dana Kieffner said.

After a year of planning, Faulkner is ready for Southaven to celebrate its' big day.

"We just hope the community will come out there's lots for everyone to do and lots of good barbeque," said Faulkner.

Admission to SpringFest $10, but children under the age of 10 get in free.

Southaven isn't the only city in North Mississippi that will host a festival this weekend.

An Earth Day festival begins in Hernando on Saturday morning.

DeSoto County Supervisor Bill Russell said it is important to educate the county's youth about the importance of protecting the environment.

"This is one of the great things about living in DeSoto County, if we're going to save our planet it's got to be through our children," Russell said.

Russell said there will be exercises and games on important topics like soil erosion, water runoff and air quality.

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