Many visitors are expected in town this weekend with two major events scheduled.
The Yazoo Hometowners are hosting Yazoo Day in Yazoo City this weekend, and the City of Yazoo is hosting the Yaz Summer Blast festivities featuring live music, fireworks, a parade and food.
Registration for Yazoo Day begins Friday at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hut Post 201. A hospitality event will be held from 5-7 p.m. followed by a record hop from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Joffre Washington, who is serving his first year as president of the Hometowners, said Yazoo Day is a tradition that has grown over the years and spread across the nation.
“The Yazoo Hometowners have been around since 1971 and has always been rooted in love,” Washington said. “Love for family, love for friends, and love for our community. Different chapters were set up in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Toledo so Yazooans living there could stay connected. Each year, Yazoo Day would rotate to a different city for a weekend of fun. I remember as a little boy, traveling to Chicago on the Greyhound bus for Yazoo Day. It's always fun, but it's a little more special when it's at home, like this year.”
Washington said he is looking forward to getting reacquainted with old friends and building new relationships.
“I'm looking forward to seeing old faces and am excited about the future of the Hometowners organization. It is my plan for the clubs to become closer so that we can find ways to work together to improve Yazoo City. There's so much that we can do to make our city better and if we come together and collaborate with each other I'm positive that we can get there. It's important that we do that for the generations coming behind us.”
The City of Yazoo plans to build on the success of last year’s event with even more activities scheduled.
A class reunion parade will be held downtown on Main Street Saturday at 10 a.m. Classes are encouraged to get creative with their floats.
Saturday at 7 p.m. there will be music, fireworks and food at the Wardell Leach Recreational Complex.
There will also be events on Main Street on Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m.
“There will be food, music, fireworks and all sorts of fun for everyone of every age in the family,” said Mayor Diane Delaware. “You simply don't want to miss these hot summer nights of bright lights, cool sweet ice, barbecue, chicken, catfish and Mississippi's finest sounds. Drive up, bring the kids, grandma and the whole lot to the Yaz Summer Blast!”
2017 Yaz Summer Blast Sponsors. include the City of Yazoo, BankPlus, The Yazoo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Simmons’s Tire, Williams, Clark & Morrison, Power 107, Walmart, Brown, Bass and Jeter, PPLC, First Choice Adult Daycare, The Yazoo Herald and CF Industries.