In honor of Holt Collier and his hunting dogs, this year’s Great Delta Bear Affair will feature “Holt’s Hound Dog Hoopla”, a dog show for any and all breeds of dogs. This fun event will take place at the Main Stage at 9:30 a.m. on festival day, October 27. The Incredible Holt is the theme of the 2018 Great Delta Bear Affair. Holt Collier was President Roosevelt’s hunting guide on that famous 1902 black bear hunt in southern Sharkey County. Holt Collier was an incredible hunter. He had been … [Read more...] about Holt’s Hound Dog Hoopla!
Imagine taking a 12-foot cypress stump and using a chainsaw to create an incredible piece of art. The chainsaw artistry of Dayton Scoggins and his business, Artistry in Wood is visible throughout the city of Rolling Fork as evidence of past Great Delta Bear Affair festivals, and each year a new bear sculpture is added to the count. Scoggins, a widely respected chainsaw artist from Sandersville, Mississippi, has earned several national and international titles during his years of carving. He … [Read more...] about Great Delta Bear Affair contributes Public Art to Rolling Fork
Born a slave in 1846, Holt Collier lived a most extraordinary life for all of his 90 years. In fact, his story is so interesting that while researching the origin of the Teddy Bear, following an innocent question from his daughter, author Minor Buchanon decided that Collier’s life needed to be documented and that’s just what he did in the biography: Holt Collier: His Life, His Roosevelt Hunts, and the Origin of the Teddy Bear. This well researched book documents all of the ins and outs of his … [Read more...] about The Incredible Holt Collier
The Great Delta Bear Affair provides a great venue for your next class reunion. There's great live music, easily accessible food, games and activities for children and we will provide you a space for your class to gather and reminisce! There are a limited number of spaces available for reunion groups to rent on the courthouse lawn. For a $30.00 fee, we provide the space, you bring the tent and chairs and anything else you may want or need. For more information contact the Great Delta Bear … [Read more...] about Have your Class Reunion at the Bear Affair
On Saturday, October 28, Rolling Fork will once again play host to the Great Delta Bear Affair. This fun festival commemorates President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous bear hunt that led to the creation of the Teddy Bear and was guided by Mississippi native, Holt Collier. President Roosevelt and Holt Collier (living historians) will be in attendance at the 16th annual festival. Additionally there will be a great many activities, something for everyone, throughout the day. At 9 a.m. the Teddy … [Read more...] about The 2017 Great Delta Bear Affair
In the year 1817, Mississippi became the 2oth state to join the Union. In 2017, Mississippi is celebrating its Bicentennial with a variety of events across this great state. The Great Delta Bear Affair will be a part of that celebration by hosting its own "BearCentennial" . Join us in Rolling Fork on October 28 for "A BearCentennial Celebration". There will be food, fun, music, vendors, and more - all capped off with an awesome fireworks show. So, mark your calendars and make plans to … [Read more...] about A BearCentennial Celebration