The azaleas are in bloom just in time for the start of Pike County’s annual Azalea Festival, which runs through March.
The festival kicks off Wednesday with hundreds of homes and businesses lighting their flowers, trees and bushes, keeping with a 60-year tradition.
The trail is sponsored by the McComb Garden Club and covers all of Pike County. Featured streets this year are Virginia Avenue, North Street and North James Avenue, all in McComb, as well as Turkey Ridge Road in Summit, Country Club Road in Fernwood and the Pike County Courthouse and East Bay Street in Magnolia.
Lights will be on from dusk until 9 each night from March 1st through March 31st.
Another monthlong event is the McComb Railroad Depot Museum’s exhibit, “No Phone, No Call, No Work,” which is open noon to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Here’s a look at what else is on the calendar:
• 5:30, McComb Garden Club Mondays in March, Pike National Bank Community Room, “Thrillers, Spillers and Fillers,” with Stephen Porter of Williamson Nursery.
• Noon, Pike County Master Gardeners Azalea Festival kickoff luncheon, Pike County National Bank Community Room, with Buddy Lee speaking and lunch provided by Topisaw Grocery. Fee $10.
• 5:30, McComb Garden Club Mondays in March, Pike National Bank Community Room, “Planting for Tomorrow,” with Ken Ainsworth of the USDA.
• 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Summit Garden Club’s “Lets Dig It” flower show at the Southwest Mississippi Community College Student Union.
• Pike County Arts Council’s 22nd annual juried art show and sale, Pike National Bank lobby. Registration is noon to 4 p.m. March 21An awards reception will be held 3 to 4 p.m. March 24.
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Flower Lovers Club’s 20th annual Festival of Flowers, Pike National Bank Community Room.
5-8 p.m., First Bank’s Blues and Barbecue, at the Icehouse Courtyard in McComb, with food by Austin Sumrall and music by Jamey’s Blue’s Trio. Cost is $25 per couple or $15 single.
• 4-6, the McComb Garden Club’s An Afternoon in the Azaleas, featuring a tour of the garden of Jim and Susan Hedges, 1601 Christine Drive, McComb.
• 6-7:30 p.m., “Princesses on Parade,” featuring McComb Garden Club azalea court members dressed in long evening gowns as they wave to passing traffic from the lawn of Chip and Susan Gibbes, 516 West Ave. N., McComb.
• 2-7 p.m., Camellia City Civic Club azalea court coronation, Edgewood Park.
• 6:30 p.m., McComb Garden Club azalea court coronation, Edgewood Park.
• 5-8 p.m., Keep Pike County Beautiful and the City of Magnolia host an Evening in Lights at the depot and railroad, featuring an evening of dinner and dancing, with catering by Smithie Buie and music by Summer Rain. Cost is $15