Mississippi politicians hit festival circuit

JACKSON, Miss. — Politics takes no holiday in Mississippi this Fourth of July weekend as candidates speak at festivals and seek support for the party primaries that are just a month away.

Organizers say at least six gubernatorial hopefuls will trek to the far northeastern corner of the state to appear Monday at the Jacinto Fourth of July Festival, which now bills itself as one of the largest political speaking events of the campaign season — second only to the Neshoba County Fair outside Philadelphia at the end of July.

The gubernatorial candidates scheduled to appear at Jacinto are Democrats Johnny DuPree and Bill Luckett, Republicans Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday and Ron Williams and independent William Oatis. Both of the Republicans running for lieutenant governor, Billy Hewes and Tate Reeves, also are on the speakers’ roster.