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Good News You Can Use PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 • May 9, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 5 • Canton, Mississippi In 1965, the manager of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, Tom Maynor, pitched the idea of having an arts and craft show and sale to the Tourism Promotion Committee. He had run across several in his travels around the South and told the members, “This sort of thing should be just a natural for Canton.” The committee was headed by W. D. Myers, who owned a local hard- ware store, and also included Lloyd Spivey, the only member still living today. The members all agreed, as did the Canton Arts Association members. On May 20, 1965, the first of- ficial Canton Flea Market was held. Twelve artists hung their paintings on the iron fence on the south and east sides of the Square courtyard. Six were from Can- ton: Mary Ethel Cole, Mary Jane Dow, Inez Wallace, M. J. Barrow, Frances Simpson and Bonnie Simpson. The flea market was an instant hit! An estimated 2,000 By Lori Lycette people showed up for the event, and the paintings sold unusual- ly well. Tourists who stopped by were enthralled and said they would never forget Canton. The spring flea market was such a hit that they immediately be- gan plans for a fall show, which was held on October 14, 1965. Sales reached $1,400, and the number of exhibitors doubled to twenty-four, and continued to basically double in size for many years to come. In the early years, there were two major obstacles that were eventually overcome: for the flea market committee to retain the proceeds from the events, rather than the Cham- ber of Commerce, and also the petitions from merchants on the Square trying to ban the market due to lost sales on that day. A re- striction was eventually adopted to limit vendors to display only handmade products, as a result of some trying to sell items such as snakes in bottles. Each space was initially free, but there was an eventual charge of $3 per exhibitor. The fee has gradually increased to the cur- rent $150 per 10x12 space. This biannual event has grown from a handful of locals on the Court- house Square to an event which now includes the entire Square and the Old Jail District. It in- volves over 1,000 vendors from thirty-five states attracting over 30,000 visitors per market. It’s a huge source of income to many organizations and individuals, as well as the City of Canton. The event now takes place every year on the second Thursday in May and October from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Canton Flea Market has be- come one of the largest outdoor craft markets in the South and has been voted one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast. Library’s new Bookmobile is ready to hit the road Canton Flea Market has a long history Special to The Canton News Wyatt Waters’ watercolor of the Courthouse Square Photo by Lori Lycette The Madison County Library System’s brand new Bookmobile will officially be on the road the first week of May and will be stopping at different pre-scheduled locations all over the county. Special Needs Programming and Outreach Specialist Evanne Flanders will be heading out into the community with the main goal of assisting those who can’t easily access a traditional library, such as nursing home residents and homebound individuals. The Bookmobile will also be found at local schools on a regular basis and is equipped to help those with a special need for sensory therapy. The truck is stocked with books for all ages, as well as a cellular modem for broadband connection, a mobile lab consisting of ten laptops for classes, a retro gaming system and also a virtual reality system. The Bookmobile’s Pop-Up Library will be available upon request for special events, such as festivals or parties. Contact Flanders with any questions or to schedule an event at 601-859-7733 Ext. 107, 601-856-2749 or Photo by Lori Lycette 8:30-6:00 M-F 8:30-12:30 Sat Stace Cauthe Sander & Bil M b 1301 East Peace Street, Canton 39046 601-859-4212 LOCAL HOMETOWN SERVICE Chec ou our complet lin of CBD product . Cream , drop an capsule for patient wit pai , depressio an other condition !