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Eaglepalzooa finds its way back to downtown Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, Miss.(WHLT) - For the first time since 2015, Eaglepalooza will be held in downtown Hattiesburg. 

The music-fest like event is put on by the University of Southern Mississippi's Student Government Association, but this year the City of Hattiesburg will be joining in on the fun. 

Since 2004, Eaglepalooza has drawn crowds of up to 10,000, providing free entertainment to the Hub City community. 

Last year the status of Eaglepalooza was in the air because due to budget cuts, but with the help of the community, they were able to save the event. 

Mayor Toby Barker said in a statement, "Eaglepalooza has a rich tradition of bringing quality entertainment to the Hub City, and over the years, it often served as a Southern Miss student's first introduction to downtown."

McKenna Stone, Student Government Association President, couldn't agree with more with Mayor Barker. She says events like Eaglepalooza help incoming students get familiar with the Hub City atmosphere. 

"Especially freshmen and transfer students who aren't yet familiar with Hattiesburg, this is their chance for this place to start feeling like home and to build relationships and the lifelong memories." She added, "This is really the college experience."

On September 15, the event will house two stages. One for local music and the other for the headliner guest, who will later be announced. In the past celebrities like Dashboard Confessional, Train, Mya and R & B artist B.o.B, have hit the stage. 

For more information on Eaglepalooza, contact USM's SGA at 601-266-4407 or visit 


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