King of the Wild Sidewalk
By Teresa Holloway
Messenger Reporter
CROCKETT – It was hailed by dozens of participants as the ‘Best Davy Crockett Day’ ever and that brought a sparkle to the eye of every member of the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce.
Hundreds of people, the largest turnout yet, crowded downtown Crockett’s square in search of bargains, sales and that one of a kind deal.
Executive Director of the Chamber, Jeannie Julian, was on the microphone performing her favorite task as leader of the networking agency. She delivered at least 20 prizes to happy entrants in the events of the day.
A coloring contest for the kids sent talented young artists home with tall trophies. At least 30 miniature Davy Crockett look-alikes were spotted in the crowd, but the heartening spirit of the young Crockett on crutches took home the coveted prize.
To add a little more excitement to shopping, most of the local merchants participated in a card-stamping program designed to bring in the shoppers. It worked.
Bargain hunters raced from store to store to get their magic cards stamped. Most made it in time, despite being sidetracked by the wide variety of deals to be had.
If the perfect find wasn’t in hand, it wasn’t from lack of effort. The mild weather, constant musical serenade by various school bands and open doors on every store kept shoppers happy while kids lined up to play and compete at the array of entertaining games.
Glenn Barnhart, Executive Director of Piney Woods Fine Arts was in rare form, juggling tour bus trips, video cameras and yes, balls.
Kim and Dan Huggins of Rings True Events brought out the big van. Treats, ices, cold drinks and several Texas treats were on the menu. The aromas seemed to circle the square with the shoppers.
Guided tours of the historic homes in the downtown area were led by several volunteers and a luxury bus transported the group in style.
The Downes-Aldrich home, the Monroe Crook House, Mary Allen Heritage Museum and several other local icons were polished up and flung open to the rounds of visitors.
Stories of Texas, one of the newest additions to the square, opened it’s doors to reveal a plethora of Texan, Western and Southwestern objets de’arte. A decidedly masculine flair is evident in the store, the smell of leather and wood was paired with artwork originals from midnight trees and stars to the beloved yellow-slickered cowboy.
‘Stories’ topped off their own collection with the surprise debut of watercolor pieces from a local artist.
Geneva Ford has been quietly painting away for the last several years. Her works in watercolors and other mediums will quickly dispel the secret around the talent she’s kept under wraps. She surprised the community with originals and prints detailing Texas best-loved symbols.
Every conceivable object under the sun was available from Junkin’ for Joy, Country Clutter, Gracie’s Consignment Shop, Bella’s Gifts from the Heart, C&C’s Antiques, The Mercantile and every other merchant made an all day shopping trip an all out extravaganza.
“The only thing missing is the scheduled date for the next one,” Mary Allen Heritage House Director Jessalyn Reese said.
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