The date is set and plans are already underway for the next "Runnin & Strummin"  Legion Park Music Festival. Set Saturday, September 28 aside for some fun and entertainment.  We have some new plans in the works that we will reveal over the coming months. 

Last year was a great start in spite of disagreeing weather. "Bigger n Better" coming for 2019!!


In spite of the rain earlier in the week and the cold temperatures, the first annual Legion Park Music
Festival was a great success. We had a great crowd, some fine performers and just an all-around good time! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who assisted, sponsored and provided support to an event that showcased our community and Legion State Park:

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
Louisville Fire Department did a great job with our fireworks display
Louisville Police Department for race support
Louisville Municipal School District who provided our transportation for runners
Louisville Garden Club
WLSM radio, Winston County Journal and WinstonWebNews for publicity
Farm Bureau
Louisville Lions Club
Louisville Rotary Club
Garden Club - make sure I got the right one
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Clark
Pearson Plumbing

Our great list of performers who donated their time and talents including: The Reed Brothers, Alan
Sibley, Wells Gospel Quartet and the Wells Youth, Clay Mercer, Wes Stapp and Ken Sanders, Jeanne Jones and the gang, Shank & Maim, Estes Switch, Chunky Bluegrass, Chuck Luke, Tracy McCully and Allen and Greg Winters

Our sponsors including: City of Louisville Tourism Committee, The Taylor Group, Dr. & Mrs. Ron Gammill, East Mississippi Community College, Hughes Management, Shuqualak Lumber Co., Inc., Rives & Reynolds Lumber Co., Porter Funeral Home, Eubanks Wrecker Service, Polo Custom Products, Winston County Board of Supervisors, The John Mitchell Family, Louisville Bankers Association, Southern Auto Body Shop, Chancery Clerk Julie Cunningham, Circuit Clerk Kim Ming, Tax Assessor Darlene Bane and Sheriff Jason Pugh, WinstonWebNews, The Silver Goose/Moody Furniture, Winston Medical Center

We are looking forward to the next one. Check our website and Facebook page throughout the year for updates and information. See you next year!!!


The rain and the cooler weather has forced some changes to the venue and schedule for our festival but that brings some good news as well. There will be no parking fee and most events will be held inside in front of a cheery fireplace inside the historic Lodge!

The heavy rains have made our planned parking area and some venues unusable. Considering this and the cooler weather, all our musical performers have been moved indoors. The venue and the schedule are the only changes. We still have our full array of performers and events. The food vendor will be just outside the Lodge and the fireworks show will go on as planned!! There will be no parking fee and folks will direct you to parking in proximity to the lodge.

Our children's program looks like a hoot with Native American Storyteller Allen Winters and a bevy of others. The kids will hear some great tales, receive their own flute and instructions as they participate. The event is topped off by a magic show for all ages by Greg Winter. This event will be eld behind the lodge in the pavilion near the lake.

Check out our revised schedule - Hope to see you there!!

Welcome to the 1ST Annual Legion State Park Music Festival “RUNNIN & STRUMMIN”. 

Grab your friends, your neighbors,  your kids and Granny and Pops and come out and spend the day with us on Saturday, November 10 as we enjoy the music and the musicians of our area featuring bluegrass, gospel, country, folk, mountain and Delta Blues.

The day starts with a bang with a 5K Run /Walk at 10:00am. (Registration at 9:00 am – preregistration available – pdf download here on website) Runners head to the finish line as our musicians kick off along the route.

Enjoy the beautiful fall setting of Louisville’s Legion State Park as you stroll from venue to venue on tree covered lanes. Visit the historic Lodge and the recently restored post and beam Davis L. Fair, Jr. Pavillion. Shuttle service will be available throughout the park as well as food vendors.

Bring your guitar, dulcimer, banjo or harp for just maybe a little impromptu “jam session”. There will be a children’s program as well.

The day concludes as we honor our Veterans with a patriotic program and a fireworks display at the amphitheater overlooking Lake Toppasha.

Visit our performer’s page for our musical guests and check out our links.

Here’s what you need to know:

COST: Admission is $5 per vehicle

PARKING: Upon entry, a parking pass is provided – allowing exit and re-entry if necessary. Public parking is specified and limited to one location. (5K race participants are allowed to park at the lodge where the race concludes)

FOOD/REFRESHMENTS: A food vendor will be available near the parking area and 1st music venue and also near the Lodge.

RESTROOMS: There are several permanent handicap- accessible restroom facilities throughout the park as well as porta-johns available for the event.

TRANSPORT: The public is encouraged to take their time and enjoy the park. Most venues are on paved lanes and are easy access. For those needing or desiring assistance, golf cart and shuttles will be available throughout the day from the parking area to the various venues.

MORE INFO: A map and schedule of events will be provided as you enter the park.

PETS: NO PETS ALLOWED. Due to the volume of people and the fireworks display, please do not bring your pets.

SEATING: There is limited seating available at each venue. There are also picnic areas. We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs.

We're kickin' round a lot of great ideas for "Runnin & Strummin" that we hope to share soon. Check out our Facebook page for updates, videos and performers!!!

Our performers list is starting to come together for "Runnin & Strummin". Here's just a short list of early commitments. Check out our Performer's Page for more info & video

Jeanne Jones & Friends

Chuck Luke from Scooba, MS

Clay Mercer from Louisville, MS

Shank & Maim w Louisville's own Caleb Childs

The Wells Gospel Quartet from Noxapater

Tracy McCully w Patriotic Music

Friends of Legion State Park  

We invite vocalist and instrumentalist to our Music Festival in which we will be spotlighting old fashion entertainment with vocals.  We will be

featuring bluegrass, country, folk, mountain and Delta Blues…and invite vocal, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, string bass and mandolin musicians for an incredible day of music in a beautiful setting, Legion State Park. 
 And, those of you that are runners, we start our day off with a 5 K run at 10:00 AM!

Musicians  will play from 10 AM - throughout the day.  At each venue we expect to have 3-4 main groups that will play 30-45 minute
sessions.   Shorter performances (10-15 minutes) and jamming will fill in the remaining time.   
The finale will start at 4:30 PM at the Amphitheater overlooking the Big Lake where our musicians will close out our celebration.

Tucked in thick forests and rolling hills, Legion State Park consists of over 420 acres of forest, two small lakes and a handful of wellpreserved depression-era structures including a beautiful rustic lodge. The park has offered an outdoor escape for
Mississippians for 81 years.

Our historic Lodge, built by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and opened in 1937, will be the location of several venues.