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By Jessie Gurner

Beautiful weather? Check. Great food? Check. Terrific music? Check. Lots of games? Check. A spectacular birthday cake? Check!

Water Valley turned 150 in style and with a style show, too. From the pancake breakfast and 5K run in the morning to the last burst of fireworks and final note of music that evening, the city had a sesquicentennial birthday to remember.    

I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all the Main Street Association volunteers. This wonderful, hard-working group of people made it happen. Kim Jones, the Chairman of the Promotions Committee, is so well organized that I believe she could arrange for the ants at a picnic to march in unison.

Working with the City of Water Valley Police Department was a pleasure from the very first conversation months ago that began, “Chief, I’d like to talk to you about closing Main Street.”  

The WVPD did a wonderful job all during the Founders Day activities and into the early hours of the morning as the Main Street stage was being disassembled.

Thanks also go to Water Valley Fire Department who were on hand before and after the fireworks show. I appreciate everything that Chief Defer and the WVFD did so we could all enjoy such a fantastic show without any worries.   

The Water Valley Electric Department did everything from adding additional wiring to Railroad Park, to checking all the lights in the park, to hanging the Founders Day street banner. All of this was in addition to keeping up with the regular work schedule.

The Parks Departments took care of the grass cutting for Railroad Park. They also delivered picnic tables and were in charge of transportation for the time capsule.

And speaking of the capsule, the Founders Day Time Capsule was courtesy of Morris Surrette and the Water Department. The capsule was modeled after one found online, but the Water Department made some improvements in the design to make sure the contents will still be there 150 years in the future.

The Water Department’s skills didn’t stretch to decorating the capsule. That task went to the students at Imagination Station.  The capsule will be one of the works on display during their upcoming art show, so be sure to go by and see how talented these young people truly are.

If you traveled along Main Street last week you probably noticed for several days a group of ladies were working in Railroad Park. These were members of the Town and Country Garden Club. Even the rain didn’t slow this group down and I don’t remember the park ever looking any more beautiful that it did for the town’s 150th birthday.

After a birthday party, there’s always the chore of cleaning up and the Streets Department had everything back in place in record time.

Happy 150th Birthday, Water Valley. You don’t look a day over 100.

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