April 18, 2020

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival in Downtown Cleveland.


April 18, 2020

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival in Downtown Cleveland.

A Delta Tradition Continues Under the Oaks of the Bolivar County Courthouse, South Court Street, Cleveland, Mississippi.


The Annual Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival, a juried fine arts show, will feature hundreds of exhibitors displaying paintings, sculpture, pottery, fabric and paper designs, hand-made furniture and jewelry.

High quality handcrafts will be offered in a marketplace setting. Road races for young and old, an extensive area just for children, live entertainment, a delicious variety of regional foods, and friendly people combine to make a most enjoyable day.


April 18, 2020 is just around the corner. Everything you need to know about Crosstie 2020 can be found here!


Artists 2020

Stay tuned for upcoming festival information fpr artists.

Artists 2020

Stay tuned for upcoming festival information fpr artists.

Dear Artist,

Greetings from the Mississippi Delta! On behalf of the Crosstie Arts Council, I would like to personally invite you to participate in the Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival this year. Each year, we transform the Bolivar County Courthouse lawn into a juried fine arts show featuring hundreds of exhibitors displaying paintings, sculpture, pottery, fabric and paper designs, hand-made furniture, jewelry, and much more. With a multitude of activities and live music surrounding the art, Crosstie pulls in hundreds of visitors from Cleveland and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. I hope to see you in April!


Ann Franklin, President

For exhibitor questions or information, please contact Bethany at


  • Application

  • $75 Application Fee ($50 Student Artist Fee)

  • Legal-sized stamped and addressed envelope

  • 3 photos or slides of work

  • Current membership in craftsman’s guild

Apply Online:

Apply By Mail:

Mail Form and Check To: 
Crosstie Arts Council
P. O. Box 1064
Cleveland, MS 38732


Purchase Prize / $1,500
* Crosstie will purchase your selected piece at this amount

1st Place • $400
2nd Place • $250
3rd Place • $100


* Categories will receive awards at the discretion of the judges.


  1. Paintings (all media)

  2. Drawings, Graphics, & Photography

  3. Multimedia & Sculpture (2 & 3 dimensional)

  4. Pottery

  5. Crafts


  • Persons are eligible to exhibit by invitation only.

  • With the exception of current members of the Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, or Arkansas Craftsman's Guilds, who shall be accepted in their categories, all applicants must send slide or photo examples of their work for review.

  • All applicants must contain the completed application, a check for the entry fee, and a legal-sized stamped self-addressed envelope for reply. Acceptances will be sent in a timely manner.

Rules & Fees

  • If accepted, our signed application is considered a commitment to show. There will be no refunds of entry fees.

  • Only original works by the exhibitor will be accepted for display and competition.

  • Only work in listed categories may be exhibited.

  • The Festival Committee reserves the right to limit the number of exhibitors in a category.

  • A fee of $75 ($50 student artist fee) reserves a 10’ by 12’ space and allows for competition pieces in any combination of the listed categories.

  • All checks should be made payable to Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival or payment can be made online at

  • Exhibitors who require electrical service must specify their needs in advance on the application form. Electrical service is limited and not guaranteed.

  • Exhibitors may report to the Crosstie Festival Booth on Friday at 1 pm or Saturday at 6 am for reserved space assignment. Exhibitors are responsible for any equipment necessary to display their work, which must be in place by the time the judging begins at 9 am.

  • An alternate location is secured for inclement weather.

  • Applications will be screened and accepted as long as space remains available; however, potential exhibitors should apply as soon as possible to ensure acceptance and location.

  • Exhibitors and guests will receive an invitation to Crosstie Patron’s Party on Friday night.


Concessions 2019

Concessions 2019


Your organization is invited to participate in the concessions area of the 50th Annual Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival site is on the grounds of the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland. There will be a location change in the case of inclement weather. Reservations will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.


The fees are as follows for a space approximately 10'x5'

(Any booth or trailer that is significantly larger will pay an additional fee.) 




(Non-Profit group with limited sales such as bake sales, cotton candy, etc.)


Local Major Concession

(Any local group selling lunch items)


Commercial Vendors

$150.00 - Local

$200.00 - Out of County 



Because of space limitations and the Festival Committee's desire to have a variety of foods, we reserve the right to restrict both the type and number of concession booths. In the event of duplication of food items offered, the following priorities shall be observed:

1. Non-profit vendors shall have priority over commercial vendors.

2. Local vendors shall have priority over out-of-county vendors.

* Please note that your reservation can only be secured with the payment of your fee. No fees will be taken the day of the festival.



Applications must be received by March 31st for the listed priorities to be observed.

Beverages will only be sold by the Crosstie Committee.

The Festival will be held on the Courthouse grounds weather permitting, but there is a rain location if needed. If accepted, your application is considered a commitment to participate. There will be no refund of fees. Once your application is accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter. If your application is not accepted, your fees will be returned to you.


Name of Group or Vendor *
Name of Group or Vendor
Contact Name
Contact Name
Mailing Address
Mailing Address
Type of Booth *
Do you need electricity? *
It is advised to bring your own power source when possible due to limited electrical services. Receptacles may be provided in some areas, but extension cords and adapters will be needed for non-standard plugs.
If marked "yes" for electricity, please provide the following: number of outlets needed, volts/amps required and what do you plan to plug in?

Membership 2019

Membership 2019

Please consider joining the Crosstie Arts Council. By joining, you will be providing valuable support to:

  • The annual festival with dozens of returning (as well as new) quality artists and craftsmen

  • Co-sponsorship with the Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland’s Children’s Art & Writing Contest

  • The Janice Wyatt Summer Arts Institute (Delta State University)

  • The Malcolm Norwood Scholarship

  • Co-sponsorship of special programs with Delta State University

  • High School art projects

  • Art education as a major focus

  • Art scholarships and awards in excess of $4500

  • Support for Delta Arts Alliance

members receive a special invitation to the patron's party the evening before Crosstie.

You can join as a Sponsor or Member by downloading the brochure below.

Corporate Sponsorship and Membership Levels

Sponsor $2,500
Supporter $1,000
Promoter $500
Benefactor $250
Friend $100
Patron $50

Thank you to our Crosstie 2019 Sponsors and Members.

We look forward to serving you again in 2020.

The Crosstie Arts and jazz Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our Corporate Sponsors and Crosstie Members.


Bolivar Medical Center

Chawla Hotel Group

Cleveland Park Commission

Cleveland Rent-All

Cleveland State Bank

Delta Arts Alliance 

Delta Radio

Delta State University


Fidelity National Loans, Inc. 

Guaranty Bank & Trust Company


Mississippi Grounds

Mitchell Distrubuting

Nehi Bottling Company

Pafford EMS

Planters Bank

Perry Auto Sales

Povall & Jeffreys, P.A.

Quality Steel Corp. 

Radio Cleveland, Inc. 

RES, Inc. 

Rimmer-Child & Koonce Insurance

Robinson Electric Company, Inc. 

Shipp Family Eyecare, PLLC

Studio 230

The Image Specialist of Mississippi

Wade, Inc. 


Betsy and Danny Abraham

Signe and Jim Adams

Priscilla and Richard Aguzzi

Floyd, Jr. and Michelle Arbuckle

Lee and Don Aylward

Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Black

Marty and Melanie Bray

Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Britt

Maureen and Bucky Brooks

Phyllis Bunn

Nancy Kaplan Chiz

Mr. and Mrs. Barnet Chiz

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Clark

Steven and Kathy Clark

Don Conger

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Crump III

Pemble and Peggy Davis

Susan and Pat Denton

Mr. and Mrs. Butler A. Denton

Jeff and Wendy Dreher

Beverly and Gary Fioranelli

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Fisher

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Fortner

Wes and Ann Franklin

Stan and Tori Gaines

Caroline Laudig Gaines

Dennis and Mary Jean Gates

Jimmy and Carolyn  Goodman

Mary McKay and Danny Griffith

Jim and Stacie Harris

Lee and Emily Havens

Butch and Rori Herbison

Mary Hobbs

Raymond and Sandy Huerta

Beverely  Janoush

Paul Janoush

Betty and Freddie  Johnson

Joyce Kennedy

Mary Kline 

Mrs. Ed  Kossman, Jr.

Chrissy and Alan LaMastus

Barbara and Jeff Levingston

Cheryl Line

Buddy and Kay Long

Avery Lubin

Ronnie and Karen Mayers

Martha T.  McArthur

Laurence and Clover Mellen

Elizabeth and Frank Melton

Bettye and Ned  Mitchell

Rev. Dr. Julia Moore

Bethany Muzzi

Becky and Billy Nowell

Brenda Outlaw

Jo and Bill Parker

Sue M. Pearson

Mr. and Mrs. Kirkham Povall

Dr. Robert T. Ragan

Charline S.  Redditt

Joe and Cristy Reed

Morgan and Amanda Robinson

Lynn Powers Rush

Frances Scarborough

Sammye Short

Heather and Ryan Short

Alinda Sledge

Becky and Pearman Smith

Dr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Smith

Mr. and Mrs. George Steen

Rose Strahan


Carol Tatum

Bob & Shelley Tibbs

Francis & Jim  Tims

Mr. and Mrs. Jed Turner

Amy and Jonathan Vance

Mr. and Mrs. H. Rogers, Jr. Varner

Paul and Pat  Warrington

Wilma and Bob Wilbanks

Dr. and Mrs. Kent Wyatt