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Farmers Market Opens With Great Weather

By Mickey Howley

The fifth annual Water Valley Farmers Market got off to a pleasant start last Saturday. You can tell it is an election year, some candidates were cruising the market trying to pick up votes.  If only they’d pick up some produce while they are at it.

The Lions Club has a mega screen TV they are raffling off. They had a large box representing the TV blowing in the morning wind as proof of its gigantic size. You missed it? Come out next Saturday. This coming Saturday at the Farmers Market, the Water Valley Town and Country Garden Club will have their potted plant swap and sale. This is in conjunction with National Garden Week. Look out for the series of information easels going up around downtown.

The weather was just perfect for the morning market under the big magnolia. And as usual, the weather was a topic of conversation. Last week’s passage of another violent front was a reminder that it has been a cooler than average spring and many vegetables are still growing and not quite yet ready.  But ready can change in a week and reports are of a bumper corn and tomato crop coming in, so pass by this weekend and check in with your favorite growers to see what is fresh on the sales table and what is coming soon out of the field.

Libby Kuchta came by the Main Street office last week and arranged the Imagination Station Streetscape.  The art students at Imagination Station have created an inspired model of Water Valley’s downtown as their year-end project and it is quite a large piece. When it was assembled at the Station it was over 25 feet long.  Pass by and view it in the Main Street office window and you’ll see it had to be divided into three pieces just to all fit in the window space.

When you pass by the WVMSA office, pick up an application for the Water Valley Art Council’s second annual ArtCamp for Kids. The ArtCamp is in mid-July and offers art classes and an intensely fun week of making art and learning about art.  Imagination Station also has morning and afternoon kids art programs from the middle of June to the middle of July. Looking at the schedules, if you are a real ArtKid, you could easily be at both the Station and the ArtCamp.

I have said this before, Imagination Station and now the WVAC are really getting kids involved in art. It is a great thing as art is part of the energy bringing downtown back. I cannot think of another Mississippi town our size that has as much art energy, talent and activities, but I know of a few who are trying to capture art as a downtown re-vitalizer. They are calling us.

Don’t forget, Relay for Life is this weekend, it is a great cause, go out and walk the walk for a while.

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