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Carnival T-shirts Mark Official Start Of Summer

By Jessie Gurner

You know that summer has officially arrived in Water Valley when you begin to see watermelons. Not the kind that grow on vines – the kind the Chamber of Commerce sells on t-shirts.

Official Watermelon Carnival t-shirts are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office and also at Carolyn’s Flowers and Gifts. The cost is $15 and they are available in tangerine and white in sizes that range from children’s small to adult 3X.  The shirts can also be mail ordered by calling Bonnie Cox at the Chamber of Commerce office at 662-473-1122. An additional charge will apply for postage.

Mary Sue Stevens is hard at work on the Watermelon Carnival souvenir book. Assembling all the information and photographs is an enormous project and Mary Sue has volunteered to do this project for the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years.

The Main Street Farmers Market will be open this week from 8 until 11 in Railroad Park. According to Alexe Van Beuren, the market manager,  you never know what you’re going to find.

“We’ve had homebaked bread, granola, cakes, jam, blueberries, blackberries, eggs, lettuce, sorrel, flowers, herbs, cabbage, garlic, onions, honey, cornmeal, grits, polenta, sausage, and cinnamon rolls so far.”

Alexe is also working on becoming a certified farmers market and Gary Bridges of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce stopped by Saturday for an on-site inspection. See the photo on page 9.

I always enjoying hearing nice things about Water Valley and he was very complimentary about the market and about our downtown area.

The members of the Town and Country Garden Club will be glad to know that all their hard work on the park and the downtown planters is noticed and appreciated by visitors.

For vendors interested in selling at the market you can reach Alexe at 473-0947 and

Also during the market last Saturday, Rhonda and Doug Webb of Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm provided entertainment for the shoppers.  

Rhonda and Doug are multi-talented performers. In addition to being excellent musicians they will be operating an agri-tourism business in Yalobusha County. They will be offering barn dances, hay rides, campfires, picnics and school tours. For more information about this exciting new project call Rhonda and Doug at 662-801-6246.

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