The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University

The Reflector

The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University

The Reflector

The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University

The Reflector

Arts Festival brings culture to the Cotton District

Cotton District Arts Festival

This weekend marked the 31st annual Super Bulldog Weekend. The event had activities for everyone. 

Whether attendees love football, baseball, softball, barrel racing or just wanted an excuse to ring your cowbell this weekend had something for them. 

Daniel Clapper, a junior broadcasting major, said he loves the excitement of Super Bulldog Weekend. 

“I’ve really enjoyed the atmosphere of my first Super Bulldog Weekend,” Clapper said. “I think it’s great that we’re celebrating all our sports teams and the arts all weekend long.”

The Mississippi Horse Park held their sixth annual Starkville Lucky Dog Barrel Race over the weekend. 

Casey Griffin, a senior accounting major, said she had a great time at the Horse Park.

“I love to see a good rodeo,” Griffin said. “It’s a good time and family friendly. I love to see everyone come out for it.” Griffin said.

The spring football game and other sporting events gave students an excuse to warm up their cowbells. 

The Cotton District Arts Festival, put on by the Starkville Area Arts Council and Maxx South, provided attendees with a variety of opportunities.

 Attendees could immerse themselves in a wide range of art forms or shop for a variety of items at booths set up along the road. 

Booths at the Arts Festival sold items including artisan sauces, beard oil, old fashioned ice cream, jewelry made from silverware, crocheted goods and food from several local restaurants. 

During Super Bulldog Weekend, thousands of alumni, residents of the Golden Triangle Region, and current students flock to the Cotton District Arts Festival. Artists of all kinds came  to sell their wares and share their talents.

River Shadix, a junior business major. said she came to the festival to buy pottery.

“I love Super Bulldog Weekend,” Shadix said. “How can you not love a free football game, being able to buy beer off the street, or food on a stick?” Shadix said.

Callie Bradford, a sophomore music major, said she was most excited about the poetry slam. 

“It’s such a cool experience to be able to hear what people think of my poetry and to hear poetry from other people who are writing about the same world and pressures I am,” said Bradford. 

In addition to the poetry slam, there was also an art competition, where artists could win cash prizes, and a pet parade. 

The festival had four stages for performers. The festival featured live  bands such as Jake Slinkard & Co, The Girl Skoutz, Kannawemz, Flathead Ford and the Cedric Burnside Project. Previous winners from Dave’s Singer Songwriter contest performed at the festival for cash prizes. 

Other performances included everything from Mississippi State University international clubs to belly dancing. The stages were filled with entertainment and opportunities to delve into different cultures. 

Ashley Farris, a freshman from Belhaven University, said she came to Starkville to attend the Arts Festival. 

“I love the dancing,.” Faris said. “As an aspiring dancer, it thrills me to see the way they move. The belly dancers have the ability to move their bellies in ways I’ve never seen before.” 

The Cotton District Arts Festival is selling merchandise on their website for attendees who would like a way to remember the Arts Festival for more than a weekend.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

All The Reflector Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Activate Search
The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University
Arts Festival brings culture to the Cotton District