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Old Fashioned Dominos “New” For Founders Day

By Jessie Gurner

Founders Day, April 19, is the opportunity for our entire community to come together to celebrate.  There will be a wide array of activities, games, competitions, as well as music, local history, food and beverage booths, and much more!

Several new events have been added to the schedule. First is a Bike Parade. Children are invited to participate by decorating their bicycles in honor of Water Valley’s 150th Birthday.   Entrants may register that day.

Another new event is the Domino Tournament.  Kearney and Joy Person Windham of Mobile, Alabama are sponsoring this tournament.  Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Joy grew up in Water Valley and remembers with fondness the domino games that were played in “Magnolia Park.” She felt that it would be in keeping with that tradition for a Domino Tournament to be part of Founders Day. Entrants may register that day.

David Burns did such a great job of finding talent to perform during the Watermelon Carnival last year that WVMSA recruited him to do the same for Founders Day.

David has put together a super line-up of musicians to appear during the day on the Pavilion in Railroad Park. The entertainment will begin at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremonies.  

12:00 – Water Valley Community Band

1:00 – Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm   Band

2:00 – Point of Origin

3:00 – Too Many Drivers

4:00 – Push II Shove

5:00 – 4Evermore

There will be more entertainment that evening from Braden Gray and Loose Gravel and also from Thompson Ward. Both acts will appear on the Main Street Stage that is being set up just for Founders Day.

The ladies of the Town and Country Garden Club came up with a great idea to beautify the town for the Founders Day celebration and at the same time raise funds for future projects.

The City of Water Valley and the Town and Country Garden Club share birthdays. The city will be 150 this April and the Garden Club will celebrate its 50th birthday.

In honor of both of those events, the ladies of the Garden Club will add additional landscaping to Railroad Park. During the Founders Day activities take plenty of time to admire the many new plants and flowers on display. At the end of the day, the Garden Club will have a plant sale and all items will be sold.

In addition to the games and music, there will also be lots of delicious food.

The Yalobusha County Homemakers will  have cookies, brownies, and assorted snacks.

They will also have cook booklets of the recipes for these items will be available for purchase.


The Rotary Club of Water Valley will be selling crawfish dinner for $7 and 5 lbs. of crawfish for $25. Rotary Club member Jeff Pass will serve as chef.  Tickets to pre-order the 5lbs. are available from any Rotary member or by contacting Jeff Pass at 816-4400 or Lee McMinn at 816-8204.

Bethel Church sell BBQ sandwiches  for $3, Whole Butts  for $25, Pork Loins for  $25.

and  a Chicken  Half  with a bun for $6. To pre-order whole butts and pork loins contact Nancy Rogers at 473-2538 or 607-1372.

Water Valley Junior Auxiliary will offer BBQ Nachos for $6 per plate, and Cotton Candy for $2 per cone.

The Garden Club of Water Valley will sell latte, brownies and biscotti.

We Love Lucy Relay for Life Team will sell BBQ sandwiches for $3 and snow cones for $1. They will also be offering two southern treats. They will have boiled peanuts for $2 a bag and iced tea for $1.

Dynamic Conquerors Relay for Life will offer a Catfish Dinner, complete with French fries, coleslaw, bread and cake for $7.

Woodland Hills Baptist Church will be selling hot dogs, nachos, drinks and tea.

The Pink Ladies, which include some of the best cooks in town,  will offer home made goodies like cakes, cookies and other assorted baked goods.

The Oak Grove CME Church will have hot dogs for $2 and sausages on a bun for $3. They will also be selling soft drinks for .50.

The Sylva Rena Relay for Life team will be selling tamales.


Rounding out the food offering are the Jaycees who will sell hamburgers.

We hope you will join us in making Water Valley’s

150th birthday a truly memorable day for the entire


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