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Carnival Prep Begins Thursday At The Park

Hilda Breland (right, under tent) sets up her fan while husband, Doyle, unloads merchandise.

Janice Crow sets up her booth, Winnie’s Angels, with the help of grandson Hayden Mills.

Sam Phillips (left) listens as James Gordon reads the instructions to the VFW tent.

WATER VALLEY – Hilda Breland has a way to beat the Carnival time heat. She hangs a fan in the top of her tent. But, it doesn’t hurt that she is located in one of the few shady areas of City Park.

Having a booth space by a tree is one of the perks of being the longest running vendor in the park. Breland, who sells sunglasses and handbags, has been coming to Watermelon Carnival for 14 years.

“I love Water Valley,” she said. “I love the people here. They have all been nice to me.”

Breland and husband, Doyle, came from Louisiana to set up their business in one of the 107 booth spaces sold this year.

On the other side of the park, Janice Crow put up her tent for the first time at Carnival. She had help from grandson Hayden Mills.

Crow sells crochet creations under the name Winnie’s Angels. She said that she had planned to wear a pair of angel wings but her family talked her out of it.

Sitting on a table in the front were angels representing a Water Valley Blue Devil, the Watermelon Queen, an Ole Miss Cheerleader, and a Southern Lady.

Not far away James Gordon and Sam Phillips struggled with pieces to the VFW tent. Gordon tried to make use of the instructions while Lester Norwood watched from the sidelines and made suggestions.

Meanwhile, Bennett Hill, Chamber of Commerce President, walked quickly around the park, clipboard in hand, greeting arrivals and asking if they need anything.

“He’s about to get very busy,” commented a vendor.


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