Downtown bustling with events this weekend

Published 11:26 am Monday, September 29, 2014

Bicycle rides, treats for the palate, craft items, and vegetables fresh from the garden will highlight the first weekend of October in downtown Vicksburg.

Downtown plays host Saturday to four events, Vicksburg Main Street’s Bricks and Spokes bike ride and its 20th annual Fall Festival, the Old Court House Museum’s annual Fall Flea Market and the return of the Farmers’ Market.

Bricks and Spokes and the Flea Market kickoff the activities at 8 a.m.

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The fifth annual Bricks and Spokes features rides of 10, 30, 50 and 62 miles. Each route takes cyclists over the Old Mississippi River Bridge and into Louisiana before returning to the city.

“Bricks and Spokes offer riders the opportunity to ride over the mighty Mississippi and enjoy the views of the beautiful river, Louisiana, and gorgeous downtown Vicksburg and Warren County,” Main Street executive director Kim Hopkins said in a release announcing the program.

Entry fee for the ride is $40 and participants will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Participants are urged to register early, but will be allowed to register up until the start of the ride.

All bikes and skill levels are welcome, and aid stations will be placed along the routes. Cyclists will be treated to a meal after the ride.

The Fall Flea Market features crafts and food booths along the four streets — Cherry, Jackson, Monroe and Grove — surrounding the Old Court House.

“People have been registering for booths for the past two weeks,” Old Court House Museum curator Bubba Bolm said. “We’ve sold our last space for a food booth, and we’ll have some great food. So far, we’ve got 90 to 120 crafts booths and we will be accepting entries for booths up to Friday. We’ll begin marking off the spaces for booths Friday at 5 p.m.”

The fee for a 10-foot by 10-foot space is $50. Applications to reserve space are available from the museum’s website or by calling (601) 636-0741.

Fresh vegetables and crafts will be available west of the flea market, at the corner of Jackson and Washington streets, as the Farmers’ Market starts its fall season in conjunction with the Fall Festival.

Both events will be at the Farmers’ Market site at the corner of Washington and Jackson streets from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. After Saturday, the fall market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 29.

Market manager Sonny Hale said at least six vendors are expected for the first fall market day.

The new site for the Fall Festival is a change from its usual location on Washington Street. Hopkins said the street would not be closed off for the festival, adding the stores along Washington will have sidewalk sales during the event.

Main Street Board chairman Kristen Meehan said the change was made to provide better access to the festival and the market.

Besides arts and crafts, the festival will feature live entertainment by Jessie Robinson, Richard McComas and Aaron Sheirs, children’s activities, caricature drawings by Ricky Noble, the Entertaining Hands Magic Show, and a display of antique tractors.

Hopkins said all booth spaces for the fall festival have been sold, but spaces are still available for vendors for the Farmers’ Market. The charge for a 10-foot by 10-foot space at the Farmers’ Market is $15 or $25 for crafts.

For more information on the Farmers’ Market, contact Main Street at 601-634-4527, or go to the Main Street website at

To register for Bricks and Spokes, visit, call the Vicksburg Main Street office at 601-634-4527, or email for a registration form.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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