Tina Johnson, Madison Parish Tourism Director, answers the question: Why the Teddy Bear Festival ? President Theodore Roosevelt came to Mississippi on a bear hunt in 1902 that ended in disappointment because he refused to shoot a 235-lb black bear that had been tied to a tree prior to his arrival on the scene. It was not until 1907 that President Roosevelt ventured into Louisiana into Madison Parish and kill his bear.
This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10pm in downtown Tallulah. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.