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Everyone Join In Celebrating Our Town’s Birthday

By Jessie Gurner

On April 19, Water Valley will celebrate our Sesquicentennial.

To help commemorate the occasion, there will be a Founders Day celebration filled with races, music, games, food and fireworks!

The Water Valley Main Street Association is eagerly searching for local vendors.  If your civic organization, church group, or business is interested in having a booth or in selling food that day please contact me at the WVMSA office at 473-3796.  

Some ideas for booths are displays of memorabilia or historical items, or perhaps a tasting booth with cookbook sales. We are not looking for craft vendors, but are encouraging local organizations to become food vendors. We will need food vendors throughout the day – lunch through supper – and would like to offer a variety of choices.

One of the events that day will be a Style Show, which will be held on the Pavilion in Railroad Park.  If you have any period clothing (or costumes) from 1858 to 2008, please contact me at 473-3796 or Pat Ray at 473-9227.

Also among the planned festivities is a softball tournament sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, contact Ron Hart at Mid-Town Auto Parts at 473-4333.

There is only a week left to enter the city sponsored contests to design a flag and compose a town motto, according to Mayor Bill Norris.

Entries for the city flag contest can be as simple as a basic drawing from which an artist will create the final design. The Board of Aldermen will select the winners for both the flag and motto contests.

Along with the honor of creating the first official Water Valley flag and motto, the winners will receive a prize from city officials.

The deadline for the city flag and city motto contests is February 15. All entries need to be delivered to the Chamber of Commerce by that date. For additional information, contact Bonnie Cox at 473-1122.

The North Mississippi Herald is looking for material for their special Sesquicentennial section.  Look through the family trunks and photo albums and see if you can find some of Water Valley’s history hidden away.

You can even email photos to or bring them by the Herald office.

You’re only 150 once. Come join the party!

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