In Starkville, Mississippi, summertime kicks off in true Southern style. Here in the South, enjoying local flavors of the season is more than just tradition, it’s a way of life. Gatherings around food and agriculture have long reigned supreme. Starkville relishes that practice and, through multiple community events, celebrates the Southern way of life as the weather warms. But that’s not all that’s heating up.

The 2017 King Cotton Crawfish Boil will fire up on May 12 in the heart of the Cotton District. Join the community on Page Avenue for plenty of heads and tails! Delight in the spicy summertime favorite with locals and visitors alike.

In the spirit of the season, chow down on delectably spicy crawfish, corn, and potatoes. Wash it down with beer and drinks provided by Clark Beverage Company. Local cooking teams will take part in the Best of Boil competition, where recipes will be sized up by a panel of local celebrity judges. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and burners start firing at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

Much like the King Cotton Crawfish Boil, the Starkville Community Farmers Market also brings the bounty of the season to those who want to bask in it. On Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the season, local growers, food producers, and artisans take the opportunity to bring their wares to the masses. Here, you can find locally grown and crafted produce, plants, baked goods and a bevy of artwork. Join the community at Firestation Park for fresh, local goodness.


On Saturdays throughout the summer the Starkville Community Farmers Market will feature cooking and gardening demonstrations, how-to sessions, kids activities, live music and more. There’s truly something for the entire family.


Don’t miss these opportunities to savor the season, right in the heart of Mississippi’s College Town!