Captain Catfish, Smokey The Bear, Scooby Doo and maybe a princess? If you read that out loud to your kids, chances are you’ll be buying tickets by the end of this story for Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Character Breakfast on March 23. Presented by the Bo Smith Team ( at Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc., the highlights of this event will be mascot characters from non-profits from around the state of Mississippi. With Ronald McDonald to the Easter Bunny, Zany Zebra from the Jackson Zoo, Trusty from the MS Braves, Llama Llama courtesy of Lemuria, Buddy the Blood Hound from MS Blood Services, Drugless Douglas from DREAM and Mr. Whiskers from the REZ Water Campaign, there’s sure to be a fun for everyone!

Held at the award-winning Walker’s Drive-In located in the heart of Fondren, children and their parents will also have a front row seat to see runners in the Color Me Rad 5k running up State Street right in front of the restaurant.

Walker’s owners Derek and Jennifer Emerson will prepare a Southern style pancake breakfast complete with all the trimmings. Children will receive an autograph coloring book of all the characters and a treat bag while being able to watch the morning’s activities. A jump zone will also be on the property for those wanting to relieve themselves from their sugar high.

Tickets are $15 per person (adults need a ticket, too) and proceeds benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital.

This event will be limited to 200 people. Check-in will be between 8:00 and 8:30am with breakfast being served until 10:00. Please note that State Street will be closed that morning. Please park on a side street. You will not be able to pull up to Walker’s Drive In to let individuals out for the breakfast. You are encouraged to bring a camera to this event.

Tickets will not be mailed; you will check in at the door.

This event is a presentation of Fondren Renaissance Foundation and is part of Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend benefiting Friends of Children’s Hospital

Purchase tickets here (link to “add to cart” is at the bottom of the page.)

Our thanks to Fondren Renaissance and Jim Wilkirson for this report. zdd13

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