April 7, 2018


April 7, 2018

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 7, 2018 is just around the corner. Everything you need to know about Crosstie 2018 can be found here!


Exhibit Information

Exhibit Information

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!


Brittany McCreary, President

For exhibitor questions or information, please contact Brittany at

To Register 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 refund 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 reserves a 10'x12' space and allows for competition pieces in any combination of the listed categories. 
  • All checks should be made payable to Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival.
  • 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 at either 1pm on Friday or 6am on Saturday 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 9am. 
  • There will be no rain location. The festival will be held on the grounds of the Bolivar County Courthouse rain or shine. Exhibitors should be prepared 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 the Crosstie Patron's party on Friday night.

Register for the Crosstie 5K

Register for the Crosstie 5K

It's All About The Race!

What a great race we have planned for 2018!

This years race will consist of a 5K Run and we are bringing back the 5K Walk!!  Entry Fees are as follows:

Before April 2    Run ($25.00)       Walk ($20.00)

April 2 – 6          Run ($30.00)      Walk ($25.00)

Race Day            Run ($35.00)       Walk ($30.00)

Start Times:         Run 8:30am        Walk 8:35am

Register before April 2 to guarantee shirt size!

Great awards, race shirts, atmosphere, food, fun and arts festival to follow! 

We are extremely excited to be able to continue to grow our festival and race, and we hope you’ll come out to race, and stay for the all the fun the festival has to offer!

For Registration by Mail:
Print out the race application and mail it along with your check to the following address:

Doug Pinkerton – Crosstie 5k
1408 College Street
Cleveland, MS 38732

Checks are to be made payable to:
Crosstie Arts Council

Contact the Race Director:
Doug Pinkerton




Vendor Information

Vendor Information


Your organization is invited to participate in the concessions area of the 49th Annual Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival site is on the grounds of the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland. 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.

There will be no rain location. the Festival will be held on the Courthouse grounds rain or shine. 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.