Home to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw has a rich cultural heritage with multiple festivals & events to enjoy throughout the year. Visitors to the can immerse themselves in Choctaw culture by stopping by the Choctaw Heritage Museum or attending the annual Choctaw Indian Fair, held every summer in July. This regionally renowned event is host to the World Champion Stickball Games and includes a celebration of tribal music, crafts and traditions


Phyliss J. Anderson, born and raised in the Choctaw community of Red Water near Carthage, Mississippi, is the first female Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. She has served in this position since 2011. The majority of the tribe is located in Mississippi. There are eight official communities—Bogue Chitto, Bogue Homa, Conehatta, Crystal Ridge, Pearl River, Red Water, Standing Pine, and Tucker—located in 10 counties in central Mississippi. Tribal headquarters is located in the Pearl River community. Throughout the year, the tribe holds events like the annual Choctaw Indian Fair, Nanih Waiya Day, and community field days. Visitors can learn more about the Choctaw people by visiting the Chahta Immi Cultural Center year-round. To see Chief Anderson's recommendations for the Pines Region, check out her Philadelphia itinerary below.


"Mississippi's College Town" is home to Mississippi State University, a thriving and revitalized downtown and a booming culinary scene. Visit during New South Weekends in the fall to experience a Southeastern Conference football game at Mississippi State, as well as world class events featuring fun for the entire family.


Molly Maynard is assistant creative director at DPM Fragrances in Starkville, Mississippi, a business specializing in hand-poured candles. DPM has more than 800 different products, ranging from small votive candles to large decorative glass pieces. The biggest selection of their products can be found at the company's Aspen Bay location in downtown Starkville. Molly grew up in the nearby town of Tupelo, enjoying the small community feel of her childhood. After graduating from Mississippi State University, she knew her career could take her anywhere but chose to make Starkville her home. To see Molly's favorite Starkville recommendations for good eats and fun, take a look at her itinerary below.

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