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					Contact:       Sandy Bynum, Tourism Division                                     601.359.3297

Jackson, Mississippi (November 24, 2009) – As the weather turns colder, our thoughts get
warmer with dreams of celebrating the holidays with family and friends this year, how about
adding some southern hospitality to the season by visiting a Mississippi Welcome Center.

Mississippi's Welcome Centers are attractions unto themselves. Each Welcome Center is built to
resemble the antebellum structures Mississippi is so famous for—and they’re all beautifully
decorated for the season. Neatly manicured grounds feature picnic tables and grills, telephones,
recreational vehicle waste disposal facilities, 24-hour security, restrooms and weather
information. Motorcoach parking is available, as well as complimentary refreshments.

The Welcome Center staff stands ready to answer any questions you have, and they can even
help you make lodging reservations in Mississippi. Regular hours at all Welcome Centers are 8
a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. So when traveling in Mississippi include stopping at a
Welcome Center. It’s a great way to find out about current events, activities, news and to pick up
brochures and guides about all of the interesting and exciting destinations in Mississippi. Also,
three of the Welcome Centers are equipped with Wireless Internet capability. The DeSoto
County, Hancock County and Lauderdale County Welcome Centers are ready to help you
connect quickly to Wi-Fi.

Visitors and residents are invited to share in a seasonal open house celebration.

Warren County Welcome Center
The Warren County Welcome Center invites you to the Annual Open House on Tuesday,
December 1. Enjoy music by "Dante's Dulcimers." Treats will be provided by local restaurants,
B&B's, hotels and motels.

Lauderdale County Welcome Center
Lauderdale County Welcome Center will host a "Simple Christmas Gathering" open house
Thursday, December 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food, entertainment, and holiday cheer are
open to the public at no cost.


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Itawamba County Welcome Center
Celebrate Christmas Open House, Friday, December 4, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., entertainment by the
North Mississippi Dulcimer Club. Refreshments will be served.

Alcorn County Welcome Center
Please join the Alcorn County Welcome Center staff Monday, December 7 to celebrate Holiday
Open House 12:30 until 1 p.m. with entertainment by Kay Bain, WTVA and “Ms. June”
Refreshments will be served.

Desoto County Welcome Center
Enjoy a special day of fun and live entertainment Tuesday, December 8 at the DeSoto County
Welcome Center featuring community-wide participation, arts and crafts, live music by the Oak
Grove Middle School Choir. Refreshment will be served.

Washington County Welcome Center
The Washington County Welcome Center will have their annual Holiday Open House on
Wednesday, December 9 refreshments will be served and entertainment provided.

Hancock County Welcome Center
Entertainment will be provided by the Hancock County Child Development Center,
Diamondhead Line Dancers and The Hancock Ramblers during the annual Holiday Open House,
Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with free refreshments.

Pearl River County Welcome Center
You are cordially invited to Open House at Pearl River County Welcome Center on I-59 North,
mile marker 3, Picayune, Friday, December 11 from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Santa will greet the
children, refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

Jackson County Welcome Center
Holiday Open House is scheduled for Saturday, December 12 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. There will
be music, treats, fun, food and a visit from the man in the red suit. Several local businesses will
be attending to give out treats to visitors.

Delma Furniss Hospitality Station
Wednesday, December 16 is Holiday Open House from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., singing, snacking
and a lot of fun.

Pike County Welcome Center
The open house in Pike County will feature live entertainment by Dogwood Cross on Friday,
December 18. The activities are sponsored by the Tylertown Red Hat Ladies Club, the Pat
Harrison Waterway, Bamboo of Brookhaven and the McComb Chamber of Commerce.

Adams County Welcome Center
Holiday festivities and open house will be held in conjunction with the City of Natchez and the
Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau the date is pending.
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To make your trip to Mississippi the best it can be sure to stop at one of our twelve Welcome
Centers when you first enter our state. Travel Councilors are available to answer questions and
help you make reservations. For complete information about Welcome Center locations and
other details, click: