From Mickey Howley’s Street Talk column…
The Farmers Market season ending event last Saturday morning had a line up of six immaculately restored antique tractors. The newest ones were pushing sixty years old and Bill McGregor’s 1937 John Deere was the oldest at seventy-three.
On a crisp October morning, the bright yellow and green and red colors were a treat to see and many kids had a special thrill sitting in the seat and gripping the wheel of these classics. If you are a dedicated gearhead like I am, you know that the restoration of these historic vehicles is a labor of love and money and lots of time. A very big thanks to Larry and Ron Hart, Bill McGregor, Eddie Rogers, Howard Barton, and Bob Williams for bringing their tractors out.
Thanks to the musicians who played. It was one of the highlights of the year to hear and see Kevin Guyer picking his guitar, Amy Fisher plucking bass (the real big violin thing), and Eddie Wood beating a wooden box doing a rendition of “Wipeout.”
Special thanks to artists and crafters Tommy Potts, Jennifer Pace, and Beth and Jeff Long for displaying their creations.
The Farmers Market works because we have a great group of regular vendors like Carline and Wilbur Herring, Mille and Joe Goforth, Gladne Harris, Bill Forsyth, Charles Rogers, Kenny Harmon, Cora Ray, Janet Brewer, Baxter Jones, Eddie Rogers, Patsy Wilborne. Then there is a larger group of “semi-regulars” from “been here forever” Dr. Joe Walker to adopted northern import Dave Kuchta who give the market that seasonal and very local variety.
This year, despite the near drought conditions of August and September, Water Valley had a good and fun market. Most of all, a big thanks to all who came and supported the market. It is all part of this community helping bring downtown back. Looking forward to May 2011.