Mississippi State Uni
Starkville's nickname of "Mississippi's College Town" is not false advertising. Mississippi State University, one of the state's largest postsecondary institutions, is located in Starkville, giving a charming college town feel to the city. The university is not only a major employer in the area, but also a major source of culture and entertainment for Starkville residents. Thanks to MSU, locals can enjoy events like film festivals, lectures by public figures, concerts, and sporting events, as well cultural institutions like a clock museum and music museum. Additionally, thanks to MSU's graduate program and extension services, Starkville residents can take classes or earn additional degrees at the university.
Cotton District Arts
Each April, Starkville residents and thousands of visitors gather in the city's historic Cotton District for an annual arts festival taking place during Mississippi's traditionally beautiful springtime. The Cotton District Arts Festival is one of the top festivals in Mississippi, drawing tens of thousands of guests eager to see the art, hear the music, and taste the food available at this day-long event. This famous festival includes a wide variety of events and attractions and should have something for everyone, including a 5k race, pet parade, slam poetry contest, and dance recitals.
Johnny Cash and Stark
For residents of Starkville, Johnny Cash is more than just the famous Man in Black. The American music legend is also a former overnight inmate at the city's jail after being arrested for public intoxication in 1965. Cash memorialized the experience in an appropriately-titled song, "Starkville City Jail". The song, which is a track on his album 1969 live album "At San Quentin". While Cash claimed that he was simply picking flowers when he was arrested, the song has become a sense of pride for residents and is a nice tribute to the city's brush with fame.