Loose Caboose Arts and Crafts Festival

Loose Caboose Festival Cancelled for 2020.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Newton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met with city officials to discuss the ever-increasing threat from the COVID-19 virus in Mississippi and surrounding areas. At the advice of our Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the Newton Chamber Of Commerce Board of Directors has decided to cancel this year’s Loose Caboose Festival.

The health and safety of our community, vendors, attendees, and volunteers is our top priority. We are committed to responsibly doing our part to protect supporters.

As heartbreaking as it is, we strongly believe that this is the right decision for the public’s safety and future of the festival.

This decision presents many, many challenges, and we appreciate your support during this time.

We look forward to seeing you all next year at our 18th Annual Loose Caboose Festival on March 27, 2021!


The purpose of the Loose Caboose Festival is to provide a day full of arts, living history, entertainment and enticing foods. The annual festival provides an opportunity for our historic town to share its rich culture with the rest of the state.

The Loose Caboose Festival’s name was inspired by the infamous stand-alone red caboose that sits next to the historic Newton Depot. It is a significant and iconic piece of Newton’s history given by Senator Terry C. Burton.