HUBFEST was developed by the Hattiesburg Area Chamber of Commerce in October of 1985 to provide a community event for families. The festival started with 100 booths and attracted 5,000 people. In 2013, HUBFEST had over 200 booths and attracted tens of thousands of people to the area. Although the event is held in downtown Hattiesburg, many vendors and visitors from neighboring cities and states come to support HUBFEST. In 2013, HUBFEST featured vendors from seven different states including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.