EMCC announces Pine Grove Arts Festival schedule of events


East Mississippi Commu­nity College’ annual Pine Grove Arts Festival on the Scooba campus will take place April 19-21, with some events, such as a concert choir, beauty pag­eant and art show open to the public.

Other events on the Scooba campus are re­served for students, fac­ulty and staff, as are the April 12 Pine Grove activi­ties on the college’s Golden Triangle campus.

Here is a list of events:



12:15 p.m.: The Scooba Concert Choir will perform in the F.R. Young Student Union. This event is open to the public.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: The Well­ness Center will host a ping-pong tournament for students.

7 p.m.: EMCC’s annual Beauty Pageant takes place in Stennis Hall. Tick­ets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students with ID.

Contestants from EMCC’s Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses will compete for the title of “Most Beautiful” in the event that received the 2016-17 Outstanding Pag­eant Award by the Missis­sippi Association of Pag­eant Judges.

In addition, the “Most Beautiful” winner and four contestants with the next highest scores will be named the “Top 5 Beau­ties.”

“The pageant really helps boosts the girls’ con­fidence,” said Tonya Hunt, EMCC’s Director of Ac­counting who serves as the chairperson for the event. “I have seen some of the contestants who were reluctant to partici­pate just blossom by pag­eant night. I even have repeat contestants. That lets me know that we are doing something right. They enjoy it; that’s the ul­timate goal.”


1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: The public is invited to attend an art exhibit and recep­tion that will take place in Aust Hall. Student artwork will be on display in the hall closest to the parking lot in a variety of mediums, including drawings, design and ceramics. EMCC stu­dents have donated ce­ramics that will be available for purchase, as have members of a com­munity enrichment non-credit pottery class that is new this year.

“We may have some paintings for sale as well this year,” EMCC art in­structor and Scooba cam­pus Pine Grove Arts Festi­val Chairwoman Lisa Spinks said. “It should be a good event and we want to encourage the commu­nity to come out and join us for the festivities.”

A reception will take place in the Aust Hall gallery.

3 p.m.- 7 p.m.: Inflatables will be set up outside the football field for students.


12:15 p.m.: The public is invited to attend a per­formance by the Mighty Lion Band Color Guard and Dance Team at the F.R. Young Student Union. Lunch will be available for purchase in the dining room.

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