Flea market, fall festival a success; women’s health luncheon draws crowd

Published 6:12 pm Monday, October 9, 2017

It was another busy weekend in Vicksburg.

The Old Court House museum fall flea market drew thousands to downtown.

Held twice a year, the market attracts a variety of artists selling their wares and food vendors offering diverse goodies.

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“We started at 8 a.m. and the crowd started picking up around 10 a.m.,” said Bubba Bolm, the curator and director of the museum.

The flea market serves as one of the main fundraisers for the museum with proceeds from vendor fees going to support restorations to the building and new exhibits.

In all there were 100 vendors selling items ranging from homemade wooden crafts to antiques, local honey and more.

Longtime vendor, Paul Barnes said this was his third straight year selling a variety of wooden crafts he made by hand.

“I love meeting people,” Barnes said of why he returns every year. “It is just fun. I see people I haven’t seen since last year and I enjoy making crafts so people can enjoy them and have something a little different.”

Also on Saturday, the 23rd annual Fall Festival was held on Washington Street. The event is sponsored by Vicksburg Main Street.

“The festival brings people downtown and helps with the economic development, ” Vicksburg Main Street executive Kim Hopkins said.

During the event, festivalgoers had the opportunity to listen to blues music, play a round of pickle ball and get up close and personal with a few exotic guests showcased by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

“There were also about 12 to 15 vendors who were selling out of their stores on the sidewalks,” Hopkins said.

More positives this week in Vicksburg:

• On Friday, women of all ages, many of whom were decked out in pink, gathered at Merit Health River Region for a women’s health lunch program and wellness showcase. October is breast cancer awareness month and guest speaker Dr. Chris Clark, a general and thoracic surgeon at the hospital, discussed how breast cancer is diagnosed and the treatments for some of the most common forms of the disease. “I enjoy learning about the ways that you can prevent the disease,” B.J. Rushing, who attended the luncheon, said. “I liked learning about the symptoms so that we can be aware of what to look for. It was interesting to hear about the different types of breast cancers and the treatments.”

• On Friday, the Old Mississippi Hardware Building renovation project received a $545,000 award from the Delta Regional Authority grant to renovate and expand the building’s parking lot. Following the presentation, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen allocated $300,000 to the project and directed city attorney Nancy Thomas to prepare a contract establishing a partnership between the city and developer Tim Cantwell concerning the project.