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Rain Couldn’t Dampen The Spirit Of Main Street Market Festival

Spectators cheered on the participants in the sack race during the games held in “Marchbank Park” at the corner of Main and Panola. Volunteers like Cliff Lawson, right background with hat, were key to the day’s success.

More sack racers.

The rain might not have been a problem, but losing the baby crawl to a girl was for Jude Baggett, 11-month-old son of Katie and Brad Baggett. Dainty little Kenley Pullen, 10-month-old daughter of Scarlett and Chris Pullen, whupped him good to take first place. He even got a smaller ribbon. Take it as a lesson in life, Jude.

Jim McGaw of Thomson, Ga., entertained with the hammer dulcimer.

Folks just watching folks pass by. This was a favorite pastime in Water Valley’s past.

Water Valley Middle School Girls’ Band.

Two-year-old Jade Crenshaw showed her new 25-cent kitty to Mom, Officer S. Crenshaw, who was one of the WVPD officers on the festival detail. Other officers included Lan Smith and Nathan Noe. Captain Roger Thomas was in charge.

People asked from whence the “25-cent” kitties came. Well, you can blame Peggy Rotenberry who was pulling a load of the little furry demons around the Festival distributing them among the unsuspecting.

Volunteer Pat Ray (left photo) conducted the Hulu-Hoop contest but declined to participate.

Some “big kids” got a chance to ride on the Cow Train. It was pulled by a Gator courtesy of Agri Turf, the John Deere dealer from Grenada.

One of the purposes of the event was to kick of the Main Street Farmers Market season.

If you look real close in the center, you can see Eddie Ray fumble the pass during the egg race. The expression on his young partners face says it all.

Soon-to-be Alderman Donald Gray is helping Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney wrangle some “mud bugs” for the Rotary Club concession.

Jake Fussell entertained.

Carline Herring won the quilt lottery during the Historic Quilt Show held in the Mechanics Bank community room.

Officer Nathan Noe took a moment with his family during the Festival. On the right is wife, Jenny, in the stroller is Allie (6 months), and by Mom is “The Princess” Ava Grace (2).

The Main Street Market Festival offered a day full of fun for all ages, said organizers. For a look at all the photos taken by the Herald that day, please go to this link:

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