Weather smiles on Vicksburg during full slate of events

Published 9:45 am Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Weather was on the side of event planners in Vicksburg last weekend. On Saturday, the 7th annual Bricks and Spokes bike ride got under way with clear skies and temperatures in the low 60s. About 185 cyclists rode the streets of Mississippi and Louisiana with a choice between a 10-mile, 30-mile, 50-mile and a 62-mile ride.

Vicksburg resident Cynthia Freeny said it was her fourth year to participate in the Bricks and Spokes bike ride.

“I came out here to support my city, and it’s a wonderful bike ride; it’s well-organized, and there’s a lot of hard work by good friends,” Freeny said.

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In addition to those participating in the bike ride, about 4,000 people also came downtown Saturday for the Court House Flea Market and Downtown Vicksburg’s Fall Festival.

The flea market, which is a fundraiser for the Old Warren County Court House Museum, featured 88 craft booths and 18 food booths with a variety of crafts and items for sale, like Jim Byrd’s birdhouses.

“This is our third trip here this year,” Byrd, from Brandon, said. “We were here for RiverFest, and the spring flea market.”

Downtown Vicksburg’s Fall Festival was held from South Street to Jackson Street with vendors offering a variety of goods. The Fall Festival also kicked off the fall Vicksburg Farmers Market, which will run through November.

More positives happenings reported this week in Vicksburg:

• Laura Beth Strickland, communications manager for the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, received the Mississippi Tourism Association’s Member of the Year Award at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Natchez last week.

• The Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg created a life-sized Game of Life in the gymnasium of Warren Central High School Wednesday to teach students about budgeting their money in the real world.

• Vicksburg is set to receive 30,000 visitors via water this year, Bill Seratt, executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau said, during the organization’s last board meeting. And that number, he added, is expected to rise next year.

• Warren Central quarterback Jesse Wilson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in a 56-34 win over Greenville on Friday.