QUALITY OF LIFE: ARTS AND CULTURE
Prentiss County is steeped in rich history and has several museums and festivals that feature the arts, history, and culture.
Battle of Brice's Crossroads visitors' center is located in Baldwyn, Mississippi. This 1,400-acre Civil War battlefield site features an exhibit, special group tours, a bookstore, and information about the battle, the opposing armies, and the leaders involved in this battle.
The Booneville Rails and Trails Museum is located in a historic train depot and features artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia from the history of Prentiss County and Booneville, MS, in particular.
The Cunningham House is where, during the Civil War, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest planned the victorious Battle of Brice's Crossroads.
The annual Booneville Fall Festival is held in mid-October each year in downtown Booneville. Among the events are the artisan showcase, student art show, battle of the bands, 5K walk/run, turnip green cook-off, carnival rides, gospel singing convention, motorcycle rally, soapbox derby, children’s activities, all-day entertainment, and numerous arts, crafts, and food vendors.
The Okeelala Festival in Baldwyn is held in October and features a street dance, bands, a car show, and a pageant. Visit the City of Baldwyn's website for more information.
PRENTISS COUNTY FAIR
Held in early fall each year at the Prentiss County Agri-Center, the Prentiss County Fair offers a wide variety of fun and entertainment for all ages. Annual events are the Eddie Burns Memorial Go-Kart Race, youth rodeo, Dixie Iron Tractor Pull, adult rodeo, youth talent show, Fairest of the Fair Contest, carnival rides, free petting zoo, and a large number of both local and regional exhibits.
The Pharr Mound site consists of eight burial mounds built during the Middle Woodland period between 1 and 200 A.D. The site is located in Prentiss County on the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 286.7 and is maintained by the National Park Service. Ranging in height from 2 to 18 feet, the mounds are distributed over an area of approximately 85 acres. Four of the mounds were excavated in 1966 by the National Park Service and numerous artifacts were found, including cremated and unburned human remains, ceremonial artifacts, and decorated ceramic vessels.