The Main Event is a showcase for business and industry in Meridian, Lauderdale County and east Mississippi. It draws thousands of people each year.
Morgan Lee is like many other Americans who are searching for employment opportunities. She attended The Main Event to see if any companies are hiring.
And just like any other company, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department was looking to meet and greet as many new friends as possible.
"It's an excellent opportunity for us to have some interaction with the community in a way that's not their call, that we've had to show up for," said
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.
The 22nd Annual Main Event of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation allows entrepreneurs, job seekers, and local organizations an opportunity to meet and mingle.
"It's the opportunity to socialize and network with other businesses and people in the community," said Danielle Winningham of the EMBDC. "This morning we had our opening ceremonies with the Hartley D. Peavey Award and announcement, and that was also a huge part of what we do."
The winner of the coveted Hartley D. Peavey award was business owner Jerry Greene. After taking over his father's business, Mr. Greene expanded the company, setting up offices for Hotel and Restaurant Supply in Jackson, Memphis, and Nashville. He currently employees one hundred and twenty people.
"I would like to thank my wife, daughter and son-in-law, and son," said Greene in accepting the prestigious award.
Greene says a business owner can never have too many local friends.
After the award was handed out, people began walking from tent to tent registering for door prizes, collecting promotional trinkets, and meeting other members of the community.