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AUG 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 60 Delta Blues Mississippi's Delta region is not only the "birthplace of the blues" but also home to quaint towns and plenty of timeless Southern heritage. Some visitors say it is like stepping back in time. Blues aficionados can take advan- tage of the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and festivals such as the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival in Greenville. The Mississippi Blues Trail runs throughout the state with numerous stops in the Delta region, including the birth- places of Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Muddy Waters, as well as historic venues such as Po' Monkey's juke joint in Merigold and Club Ebony in B.B. King's hometown of Indianola. The Delta region is also home to Tunica gaming, offering eight casinos, more than 40 restaurants and three signature golf courses. Coastal Gaming Mississippi is home to 62 miles of scenic Gulf Coast shoreline. Visitors can take a scenic drive along Highway 90 and find the region's Casino Row, offering 12 casinos and plenty of gaming, concerts, shows, restaurants, spas and nightlife. Resorts offer ample meeting space for small and large groups alike. For fami- ly-oriented entertainment, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport is one of the country's top 50 children's museums. In addition, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs showcases the renowned wildlife painter's work and the Ohr-O'Keefe Art Museum in Biloxi celebrates George Ohr, "The Mad Potter of Biloxi." Southern Heritage Visitors will find plenty of Southern hospitality and cul- ture in Mississippi's Hill region. Recognized for its literary influence, the city of Oxford features the antebellum home of 1949 Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner. The city is also well-regarded for culinary excellence, showcasing a number of restaurant selections from John Currence, the 2009 James Beard Best Southern Chef. In addition, groups can take in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, offering a rare look at blues history and famous Southern writers. The Civil War Interpretive Center is located in the city of Corinth and the nearby Shiloh National Military Park memorial- izes the largest battle of the 1862 Civil War campaign. n City Map Location Page Batesville ............................................. C2 ................................ 61 Choctaw................................................ D4 ................................ 61 Columbus ............................................. E3 ................................ 61 Corinth .................................................. E1 ................................ 61 Greenville ............................................. B3 ................................ 61 Greenwood ........................................... B3 ................................ 61 Hattiesburg ........................................... D6 ................................ 61 Jackson ................................................ C4 ................................ 62 Meridian ................................................ D4 ................................ 62 Mississippi Gulf Coast Bay St. Louis .................................... C7 ................................ 62 Biloxi ................................................. D7 ................................ 62 Diamondhead ................................... D7 ................................ 62 Gulfport ............................................ D7 ................................ 62 Ocean Springs ................................. D7 ................................ 62 Natchez ............................................... A6 ................................ 62 Oxford ................................................... C2 ................................ 63 Ridgeland ............................................. C4 ................................ 63 Southhaven .......................................... C1 ................................ 63 Starkville ............................................... D3 ................................ 64 Tunica County ..................................... B1 ................................ 64 Tupelo................................................... E2 ................................ 64 Vicksburg .............................................. B4 ................................ 64 Yazoo City ........................................... C4 ................................ 64 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A B C D E MISSISSIPPI Delta Blues, Coastal Gaming & Southern Heritage! Gaming in Biloxi From the historic sites and sounds of the state capital in Jackson to the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway and small-town, Southern charm of destinations such as Vicksburg, groups of nearly any size and disposition will find the right fit in Mississippi. The state is home to distinctive regions that include its pristine Gulf of Mexico coastline, northwest Delta, the woodlands of east-central Pines, northeast Hill country and the Capital/River region. Highway 61 Blues in Tunica William Faulkner's home in Oxford

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