Quick Facts – Belzoni, MS
- Population: 2,235
- County: Humphreys
- Former Nickname: “Greasy Row”
- Motto: “Heart of the Delta”
- Recognition: Farm-Raised Catfish Capital of the World (1976 by Governor Cliff Finch)
- Newspaper: Belzoni Banner
- Top Industry: Agriculture
- Notable Events: Belzoni Catfish Festival held in April annually
- Notable Residents: Elmore James (Blues Guitarist), Denise LaSalle (Blues Singer), Ethel Wright, Mohammed (“Grandma Moses of Stitchery”), and Pinetop Perkins (Blues Musician)
- Public Schools: Ida Greene Lower Elementary, O.M. McNair Upper Elementary, Humphreys Junior High School, Humphreys County High School
- Private School: Humphreys Academy
- Local Banks: BankPlus and Guaranty Bank
- Local Restaurants: Alison’s, The Varsity, Los Molcajetes, Lunch Basket Express, Come and Dine
- Local Shopping: Goldberg’s, Delta C. Pottery, Brown Eyed Girls, Margaret’s Flowers
- Local Grocery: SuperValu
Belzoni, Mississippi, is located in the Mississippi delta, which is a flat alluvial plain that lies between the Mississippi River and the Yazoo River in the Northwest corner of Mississippi. The land in the area is characterized by its extremely flat terrain and some of the most fertile soil in the world, making the land very attractive for the agriculture industry.
Belzoni Events and Noteworthy Sites
The Belzoni Catfish Festival is held annually in April. It is a family oriented event that takes place in downtown Belzoni. Many arts and craft vendors line the streets of downtown as well as food vendors offering fried catfish and other treats. The event begins with a 5K run/walk in the morning, and it ends with live music throughout the afternoon. Also, there is Miss and Little Miss Catfish pageant, catfish eating contest and a free kids zone. In 2014, more than 10,000 people attended the festival, and Steve Azar was the headliner at the event.
Catfish Museum and Welcome Center
Located in the renovated IB&B Depot, the Catfish Museum educates visitors about aquaculture and features the world’s largest catfish sculpture “King Cat.” Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Just North of Belzoni on Highway 7, Wister Gardens is a fourteen acre botanical garden featuring azaleas, roses, crape myrtles, fruit trees and other trees and flowers. Throughout the year, Wister Gardens will do special decorations around the holidays for visitors to enjoy. It is also a popular venue for weddings, receptions, reunions and parties. Open 7 days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlighting some of the oldest cypress trees in the world, Sky Lake features a boardwalk, walking path, amphitheater and series of canoe/kayak trails for visitors to view the beautiful cypress trees. Many of the trees age vary from 800-2000 years old. Sky Lake also provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife. Open 7 days a week during daylight hours.
Ethel Wright Mohamed Stitchery Museum
Located in the former home of Ethel Wright Mohamed, visitors can take a tour of the home and view Ethel’s stitchery with curator, Carol Ivy (also daughter of Ethel Wright Mohamed). Open by appointment only. Call 662-247-3633.
Located in downtown Belzoni, the Jaketown Museum highlights indian artifacts found around or near the Jaketown site. The Jaketown site, located in Humphreys County just outside of Belzoni, MS, is an archaeological site noted for its two prehistoric earthwork mounds. Artifacts found at the site date back to approximately 1750 B.C. Call (662) 247-2151 for hours.