Saturday’s ‘Menu’ More Than Just Fish
By Mickey Howley
This Saturday’s forecast looks good, sunny and seventies, which is important because good weather is the key to having a great festival. And your Water Valley Main Street Association thinks we have a great festival lined up for the town. First there is the music: on the Main Street stage bands range from blues and soul, to jazz, to real country and bluegrass, to rock, to Elvis. Yes, “Elvis” is a stand-alone musical genre now. Five bands in all are performing from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for your entertainment. Bring a chair or blanket and plan to enjoy the show.
There is lots of other stuff going on in the celebration of all things Crappie. Don’t miss the Crappie Weigh-in to see who catches the biggest fish. Be sure to catch the Crappie Cook-Off to find out who is the “King of Crappie” when it comes to taste. Delta Grind is supplying the local corn meal. Then there is the Crappie boat raffle! Rotary will have the ultimate get in “skinny and stumpy water” boat on display. This boat will float into the most obscure crappie holes and one buck buys you a chance to win it. Watch for the crappie green uniforms of biologists from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Parks who will be here to talk about Crappie and other fish.
Conservation officers in their green uniforms will also be on hand to talk about boat safety and fishing rules for our local lakes and maybe they will tell their favorite Crappie story. They are bringing their boat, too. The guy who runs the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, Justin Wilkens, will share some information about the Magnolia Crappie.
Come out and learn about tying and making artificial flys and lures. Hear a talk about pollinators – well, maybe learn what a pollinator is. Bass Pro, too, will be on Main Street with Crappie gear.
This fishing stuff is an effort to lure the fisherman in your family to come downtown for once and the other events are to reel in the rest of the family. I just had to say that.
For you non-fishing types, the Yalobusha County Homemakers have a quilt show at Bozarts Gallery. Imagination Station is open and has their Water Valley Main Street in 3D miniatures on display as their end of year show. You should check it out, a very detailed and a great collective piece of art.
There is plenty to do and see. Kids, get ready for this year’s hoola-hoop contest and find out who can spin the best! There will also be sack races, three legged races, dominoes, horseshoes, jumpers and bouncers, and baby crawl. Main Street will have solid assortment of vendors with local cooked food from the newest pizza to fest food favorites. Plenty of local arts and crafts vendors will be there, right in time for Mother’s Day.
There will be a donation box for the local Red Cross. Please put a donation in for them, they are the people, and I’m speaking from personal experience, who really help out in times of natural disasters. Those funds will directly help your fellow Mississippians.
Come out and stroll Main Street and enjoy the food and the arts and crafts and music. See you Saturday.