Join us May 12th & 13th

Up in Smoke Food & Music Festival

The Batesville Main Street Program and the City of Batesville WELCOME YOU to the UP IN SMOKE Food and Music Festival! Get ready for SOMETHING NEW!!

This year’s “springfest” is making a big facelift that has been needed for a while.  It’s now UP IN SMOKE Food and Music Festival, and it’s circling around culinary goodness and musical greatness!

Come together with us for a weekend of great music, delicious food, and fun for the family!

Saturday, May 13th

Color Me Happy Kids Color Run

WE ARE EXCITEDDDDDDDD for UP IN SMOKE’S first COLOR ME HAPPY Kids Fun Run on Saturday May 13th!

This is a fun kids color run for ages 5 through 12 that will begin at the American Legion Park and end at the Panola County Courthouse parking lot.

We will have a few “obstacles” to run through and LOTS of COLOR “poofs”!

The Junior Auxiliary, Batesville Police Department, Panola County Sheriff Department, and the Batesville Fire Department will all be there to make the event so much fun and cheer on the kiddos!

PLEASE NOTE: The color power is non-toxic BUT if you are afraid of getting color in your eyes, please wear protective glasses or goggles.

Color Run Details

Location: American Legion Park

Race Date: Saturday, May 13

Check-in Time: 7:30 AM

Fun Run Start Time: 8:30 AM

Check-in at 7:30 AM will be at American Legion parking lot. When the race ends, children can be picked up or met at the Panola County Courthouse parking lot.

More Information

• Limited to participants ages 5 – 12.

• Limited spots available.

• Registration fee is $25 per child. Payment must be received to fully register. We accept cash, check, or Venmo (@Joe-Azar-9).

• If paying by cash or check, please bring to Panola Partnership, 150-A Public Square, Batesville, MS 38606.

• Packets with t-shirts must be picked up at the office the week of May 8th. We will be open that week every day 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Saturday, May 13th

Mississippi Cornhole Classic

Join up for the 8th Annual Mississippi Cornhole Classic sponsored by Liquorty Splitz and R & B Tobacco at the Up in Smoke Food and Music Festival in the downtown Basteville square!


Cornhole Details

Two-person team | Double Elimination

Check-in for all teams @ 10:00 AM

Bracket Assignments @ 10:45 AM

Bags fly @ 11:00 AM

1st Place $900
2nd Place $450
3rd Place $150

Registration Details

$60 per team pre-registration

$75 on game day

Pre-registering guarantees your team a placement. Non-refundable.

Pay by Venmo, cash, or check. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Saturday, May 13th

Steak Off Competition

Up in Smoke is hosting a sanctioned triple steak cook-off competition with a few ancillary competitions that will be sure to pull in locals AND people from all over the region!

Steak Off Details

The competition begins Friday evening (May 12) with a steak cook off and an “Anything Sherin Sauce” competition.

The Cook Off continues into Saturday with a double steak-off, a Bloody Mary and dessert competition.

UP IN SMOKE Steak Off Competition is organized by the Steak Cook Off Association. Contact jack and Lisa Jennings at 901-340-8966.

Steaks provided by Performance Food Services and Braveheart Foods.
Bloody Mary competition sponsored by Cathead Vodka.
“Anything Sherin Sauce” competition sponsored by Sherin Foods

Registration fees, links, rules and cash payouts can be found at the link below.

May 12th & 13th

Live Music


6:00pm     Casey Lipe featuring Tony Bain & The Chain Gang
8:00pm     Peyton Aldridge


12:00pm     Panola Playhouse Performance
1:00pm     Belle Frantz
2:30pm     The Wilkins Sisters
4:00pm     Rev. Robert Mortimer
5:30pm     Southern Groove Redemption
7:00pm     City Mix
8:30pm     MUSTACHE The Band

City Mix

Peyton Aldridge

Reverand Robert Mortimer

Wilkins Sisters

Saturday, May 13th

Politician Row

Up In Smoke will have a “Politicians Row” where, if you are running for office, you can set up a 10×10 tent with banners, hand out campaign materials, and most importantly, speak with the people about the relevant issues of today that make YOU the best candidate for the office you seek.

May 12th & 13th

Junior Auxiliary Kids Corner

The Junior Auxiliary is cooking up some fun activities for the UP IN SMOKE Kids Corner for this year! There will be NO INFLATABLES, but plenty of other great fun-filled activities.  Be sure to take your young’uns over to see the ladies!  They will be located in the southwest corner of the square by Flint’s Hardware.

Grab something from our

Food Vendors

With the pleasing aroma of steaks sizzling on the grills, your mouth will be watering for something great to eat!  Check out the variety of food vendors that will be gracing the Up In Smoke fest!

  • Panola County Cattleman’s Association – Steak Sandwiches and more
  • St Mary Catholic Church – Funnel Cakes and more
  • Pick Thai
  • Sissy’s Cajun
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Partee’s Lemonade and more
  • Doe’s Eat Place
  • Bryant’s Shaved Ice and more
  • Boy Scout Troop 478 for sodas, waters and more

Get Your

Up in Smoke Swag

You may be asking “Hey…. did I miss the TSHIRT pre-order for UP IN SMOKE Food and Music Fest this year?”

Well, no, you didn’t miss it!

This year we are NOT pre-selling shirts. We will only be selling shirts and other festival swag at our UP IN SMOKE Merchandise Booth on Friday night and all day Saturday.

**BUT we DO have hats for sale already in our office if you would like one! They are the ones pictured above, and priced at $30.

Thank you for understanding!!! In the past, this has put a bit of undue pressure on our small staff in the office. We are trying to work smarter, and not spread ourselves so thin!


Sign Up to Volunteer

As you can imagine, it takes a great team to put on a big event!  We sure could use your help!

If you are interested in volunteering to work a few hours either Friday or Saturday, we’d LOVE to have you! (AND you get a free tshirt out of the deal).



Take a look below to see our sponsors this year for Up in Smoke!

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Tri-Star Companies, Inc.

ACI Building Services


Patron Sponsors

The Pin Up Hair Studio & More


Parking & Street Closures

See the maps below of downtown Batesville logistics around road closures, school bus routes, parent pick up routes for school, and where to find some public parking spots.

There is A LOT of thought and consideration that goes into these maps to help make it as seamless as possible, and for us to have a community event for our downtown!

Street Closure Times

Let’s start here.

Please note what is closing when. Also please note that – for the safety of children in KIDS CORNER and allllll the other things happening in the area, a large section of Eureka Street will be closed from Midnight FRIDAY that is not normally closed.

Friday Morning Drop Off Route

All drop offs for BES and BIS will be made on ATWELL Street. The normal route for BES will be closed for bus traffic only. Parents can enter Atwell from College Street, from Kyle Street, or Baker Street. All will exit onto Boothe Street.

Friday Afternoon Parent Pick Up

All pick ups for BES will have normal route for pick up and exit. Pick ups for BIS will need to line up and ENTER COLLEGE STREET FROM BAKER STREET due to closures on the square. BIS will exit College Street past City Hall and into the square towards Stubbs.

Bus Routes

Just so you can see the bus routes etc. and where officers will be located for traffic control.

Public Parking & Road Closures

The map shows all the available parking, and mentions a few other places where you can park outside the area. All the red are areas CLOSED during the fest. The BLUE is private parking only!! PLEASE be courteous and do not park in people’s yards…. You will be towed at your expense.

Up in Smoke


UP IN SMOKE Food and Music Festival is a new branding for the former Batesville Springfest! UP IN SMOKE is circled around food and music with a sanctioned steak off competition (with ancillary competitions, e.g., bloody mary, dessert, etc) and music Friday evening and all day Saturday. There will be a wide variety of food vendors from steak sandwiches to Thai to lobster! The kids will enjoy a color run and a busy children’s corner with lots of activities. And the Mississippi Cornhole Classic will be tossing bags for cash prizes on Saturday. Please check home page for official dates and details.

If we did not address your question, please direct any other questions to our Contact page.

Downtown Batesville, MS, on the square. See “How Do I Get Downtown to Up In Smoke Food and Music Festival” for address and directions.

If you want to map it, type in our office location and it will take you right to the square!
Panola Partnership, 150 Public Square, Batesville, MS 38606

From I-55 NORTH
  1. Exit #246 to MS-35 S / Hwy 35 N.
  2. At end of exit ramp, turn RIGHT onto Hwy 35. (Love’s Truck Stop will be on your right.)
  3. Drive approximately 3.2 miles. (Hwy 35 becomes “Broadway.”) You’ll have the railroad tracks on your right side the whole way. Broadway runs right into the square!
From I-55 SOUTH
  1. Exit #243 on to MS-6 W/US-278 W.
  2. At end of exit ramp, go RIGHT to merge on to MS-6 W/US-278 W.
  3. Turn RIGHT at 3rd stop light (US 51 North)
  4. Turn LEFT at Pamela Street (Landmarks: Magnolia Pharmacy, Ace Hardware on your left.)
  5. Continue on Pamela to stop sign. Proceed straight (Pamela becomes Creek Drive, and then Court Street.)
  6. Continue all the way to the square!
From MS-6 WEST / US 278W
  1. Approaching Batesville from the west, drive EAST into town.
  2. At Hwy 51 intersection stoplight, turn LEFT (Landmark: Walgreens will be on your left.)
  3. Turn LEFT at Pamela Street (Landmarks: Magnolia Pharmacy, Ace Hardware on your left.)
  4. Continue on Pamela to stop sign. Proceed straight (Pamela becomes Creek Drive, and the Court Street.)
  5. Continue all the way to the square!
From MS-6 WEST / US 278W
  1. Approaching Batesville from the east, drive WEST into town.
  2. At Hwy 51 intersection stoplight, turn RIGHT (Landmark: Walgreens and BP Station on your right side.)
  3. Turn LEFT at Pamela Street (Landmarks: Magnolia Pharmacy, Ace Hardware on your left.)
  4. Continue on Pamela to stop sign. Proceed straight (Pamela becomes Creek Drive, and the Court Street.)
  5. Continue all the way to the square!

UP IN SMOKE is a FREE event. There is no cost to enter. Kids corner is free to all participants. Food, beverages, beer, and competition entries are NOT FREE. Please consider bringing money (cash is best, some vendors take credit cards) for what you may want to purchase.

No, the musical performances of Friday and Saturday are free and part of the festival.

There will be no parking on the square, as Springfest takes up the entire square area. Late afternoon, the south side of the square (by Flint Hardware, Davis Pharmacy, Polished, etc) will open back up for parking once the Junior Auxiliary Kids Corner has closed down.

Otherwise, there will be parking on side streets connecting to the square, such as Panola Avenue, College Street, Broadway Street, etc.

There will be a wide variety of food vendors on site from Thai to steak to lobster. The beloved funnel cakes too! There are also two businesses on the square that serve beverages – Downtown Nutrition and HoneyBee Coffee Cupboard. Please check their hours of operation.

The Boy Scouts will be selling water, Gatorade and soft drinks. A few of the food vendors will have drinks as well. Absolutely NO COOLERS will be allowed at Up In Smoke.

Yes, there will be a beer tent for 21 and over. IDs will be checked, and you must purchase a refillable FESTIVAL CUP for $5 in which you can purchase beer to be poured into your cup. There is an open container policy exception for the festival for the weekend only, and beer must be purchased at the designated beer tent.
There will be porta-potties set up throughout the square. An ADA compliant portable toilet will be available.

Yes. The square is handicapped accessible around the sidewalks and streets. Plus, there will be an ADA portable toilet available.

There will be no carnival rides.
Seating is not provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn/grove chairs if prefer to sit during the performances. Spots are first come, first served.

Absolutely no coolers allowed – no exceptions. Boy Scouts and food vendors will have drinks available to purchase, and there will also a beer tent (IDs will be checked and you must purchase a festival cup at the beer tent.)

The festival will go on, rain or shine. Musical performances may be postponed or cancelled if weather conditions are deemed unsafe or unacceptable for exposed equipment. Performer times may be subject to change. Please check The Batesville Main Street Program Facebook Page Thank you for understanding!

All will accept cash.  Some will accept cards. Please plan accordingly.  There will NOT be an ATM on site.

The Panola County Emergency Management office will have a tent set up on the square for an emergency contact point.  We ask that parents and guardians please write your phone number in permanent marker on your child’s arm. This will help law enforcement and our festival volunteers locate you if your child approaches us lost.

Call 911, and then if you are able (or someone nearby), find a law enforcement officer, security guard, or Springfest Volunteer to assist you until First Responders arrive.  There will be First Responders on site, as well as Emergency Management Services. 

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