Commerce and Fun Brought Back
to the Shadows of the Courthouse,
by: Bobby McDonald
Many of us had heard our parents and grandparents, talk about the downtown square in Sulphur Springs, being a busy, busy place on Saturday's "back in the day!" Well, the first step in bringing that atmosphere back, was accomplished on Saturday night, as the Main Street Farmer's Market was brought to the newly renovated downtown square, complete with vendors,
customers, and a carnival atmosphere! Organizers plan for the weekly venues continue on Saturday nights, thru the autumn season!
"This is great, to see so many people having fun!" expressed Sulphur Springs Mayor, Craig Johnson, as he made a stroll through the downtown region, on Saturday night. "I've never seen anything like it, unless it was a 4th of July celebration!"
Cord Burnett, left of Yantis, had a booth for watermelons and other
farm produce, reminiscent of his Granddaddy and Great-Granddaddy,
James & Elmer Burnett, who brought goods to Sulphur Springs, to sell from their farm,
We've all heard the stories of our granddaddy's "swapin' mules" on the downtown square.....well, on
Saturday night, it was a little bit of "fowl swapin' in Sulphur Springs!"Somebody's going to have
some fresh eggs!
Saturday night's event also featured entertainment for everyone, including a "mock shoot-out" performed by "The Legends of Crossroads." One couldn't help but be reminded of an old photo of an Elk Parade, that took place on the exact same spot, in the shadows of the courthouse, over 100 years before.
The fountain, located on the southwest corner of the square, remains to be one of the main attractions for local youth, and even attracted some "not so little kids," on Saturday night!
Is that Charlotte Henderson and Carolyn Clifton, running through the water?
"No doubt about it!"
Enjoy these additional photos of "then and now!"
Veteran's honored today......
And, returned to a Christmas parade, following WWII!!!
We can only hope that the people of Hopkins County enjoy the newly
designed square and support the many activities, to bring commerce back!!!
It's certainly a great start!!!