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M I S S I S S I P P I D E L T A Find It In Yazoo Bentonia Blues Festival Yazoo County is home to the world-famous Bentonia Blues Festival (pictured right), as well as a host of unique opportunities to soak up the Delta's riches. Held annually in Bentonia, Miss., on the third weekend in June, the festival just celebrated its 41st anniversary. Jimmy "Duck" Holmes is a Bentonia blues musician who hosts the event and the owner of the Blue Front Cafe. While the cafe may not be open for eats anymore, you'll want to see this historic old juke joint made of cinder block as it's an important spot on the Mississippi Blues Trail. For a meal, plan a pit stop at Ubon's Barbecue in Yazoo City for world championship award winning cue. ■ Harlow's Has New Digs Harlow's Casino Resort and Hotel in Greenville unique hot spots such as the Greenville Flood has recently expanded its meeting space, Museum, which takes a look at the "Great according to Linda Arnold, sales manager. The Flood of 1927" as well as actor Morgan Free- facility has a new buffet area, new steak- man's Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. house, new business center, new spa facility, Arnold said the staff is available to set up new fitness center, new pool, and new multi- visitor tours of the area, including recreational purpose event center. opportunities such as golfing and fishing. Now that these improvements are avail- Guest rooms offer comfort and luxury, she able, Harlow's is the place to "stay and play in said, adding that each room is enhanced with more than one way!" Egyptian cotton bedding and jacuzzi tubs and Harlowʼs The facility is located close to several 32 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜NOVEMBER 2013 more. ■ Divine Delta Options In DeSoto Located in the northwestern corner of Mississippi, between Tunica and Memphis, Tenn., DeSoto County offers a host of options for meetings and events, including 36 hotels, and eight bed and breakfasts. Brigadoon Farms Retreat and Conference Center is a combination of recreational and outdoor centered activities and meeting facilities. This small conference center hosts day functions, extended stays and, occasionally, small groups. Brigadoon has 11 guest rooms, a cottage and a bunk house, which can accommodate 30. Holiday Inn Southaven, which is located eight miles from Memphis International Airport and within walking distance from a retail center, has a ballroom that seats up to 250 and 121 guest rooms. Also located in Southaven, Landers Center is one of the biggest DeSoto County meeting centers with space for up to 10,000. In Olive Branch, Miss., Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center features four ballrooms,a total of 47,000 square feet of meeting space and 175 guest rooms. ■ w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m