200 Highway 11, South
P.O. Box 1656
Picayune, MS  39466
Phone: 601-799-3070
Fax:  601-799-0607
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Board of Directors
   Bill Edwards
Vice President:
   Garland Crosby

   Gwen McCory


   Tim Hart

Street Festival Chairman:

   Norman Howell
Economic Restructuring Chair:
   Ruth Ann "Rudy" Gholson
Design Chairman:

   Adam Bennett


   Ted Barze'

   Adam Bennett
   Gaye Mathews
   Diane Miller

   Ronnie Pascal


Manager &
Promotional Chair:
   Reba Beebe

Assistant & Street Festival


   Eileen Baker



Picayune Main Street, Inc.
is a proud member of the
National Trust for
Historic Preservation.


7th Annual Tung Blossom 5K Run

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hosted by the
First Baptist Church of Picayune

Click Here for 2012 Race Application !

email:  info@picayunemainstreet.com

After the run, be sure to enjoy the Picayune Street Fair Experience!!!

Picayune Main Street, Inc. Board of Directors voted to name the 1st Annual Tung Blossom 5 K Run/Walk after the history of the Tung Nut Tree in Pearl River County.

From 1937-1969, the City of Picayune and County of Pearl River in South Mississippi were known as the Tung Oil Center of the World with 60,000 acres of Tung Trees planted.

The Tung Tree originated in China. The leaves on the tree are the shape of a heart. Translation for tung in Chinese is heart. Fruit produced by the tree is shaped like a ball with a very hard shell and is very poisonous. Beautiful clusters of pink blossoms (see picture above) bloom in early Spring and the fallen petals resemble snow on the ground below the trees. Lamont Rowlands acquired tung seeds in 1928 and planted 6,000 acres in cut over pine land.

In 1935, L.O. Crosby, Sr. began crushing the oil from the tung nut for paint in his Plants. By 1937, Tung Trees covered 60,000 acres in Pearl River County until 1969, when Hurricane Camille's devastating winds destroyed the trees and tung nut industry.  There still remain traces of the Tung Nut Trees throughout  the area.

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