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 • October 3, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 10 • Canton, Mississippi Mississippi Magazine recently published that the Canton Flea Market had been voted the Best Flea Market in Mississippi for 2019, and for good reason. It be- gan fifty-four years ago with only a handful of vendors and is now one of the largest outdoor craft markets in the South and contin- ues to grow stronger every year. The Canton Flea Market is one of the South’s original arts and crafts shows. It is a bi-annual one-day event, which always occurs on the second Thursday of May and Oc- tober. Artists and craftsmen from thirty-five states arrive twice a year to showcase their handmade items, from clothing and jewelry to pottery and woodworking, and so much more. The May market generally has 800-900 vendors, while Octo- ber’s has closer to 1,100, with many vendors offering fall and Christmas decorations and items for entertaining guests during the holidays. Canton Tourism Direc- By Lori Lycette tor Jana Dear said, “The October flea market is the kickoff event for the Christmas holidays. Al- ways bring your list. Don’t leave out teachers, Bunko groups or co- workers.” The October 10 event should attract over 50,000 visitors and shoppers, many of which drive from neighboring states in search of quality, fine art being offered at affordable prices. The hours, which were previously from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., have recently changed to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, there is no admission to enter and shop, although come prepared to pay up to twenty dol- lars for parking spaces close to the vendors, especially those on the Square, East Peace Street and East Fulton Street, which includes the Old Jail Flea Market. Wear- ing comfortable shoes and bring- ing your own pull cart is always a good idea. There is always a good variety of food vendors, offering everything from chicken on a stick to homemade fudge and kettle corn to fresh squeezed lemonade. This year’s May market was handicapped by rain for the first time in the history of the Canton Flea Market. Many of the orga- nizers, vendors and shoppers said they were disappointed with the weather on that day, but also said they’re hoping for sunny skies on October 10! City of Canton prepares for October flea market Special to The Canton News Handmade birdhouses for sale at a past flea market The Canton Public School Dis- trict recently saluted twelve-year- old Kristen Rhodes for her outstand- ing achieve- ment of scoring a 27 on the ACT while in the sixth grade. K r i s t e n Rhodes loves school, math and reading. While in the sixth grade at Huey Porter Middle School, twelve-year-old Rhodes took the ACT for the first time and scored an amazing 27, just nine points shy of having a perfect score of 36 on the test and a score some high school students struggle to achieve. But Rhodes, who sets high stan- dards for herself, is already aiming for a higher score. “Well, I thought, ‘That’s kind of low,’ then my parents reminded me people who are eighteen are supposed to be taking this; then I thought, ‘That’s good, considering I’m twelve,’” said Rhodes. Her mother and father, Cheleta and Samuel Rhodes, were pleas- antly shocked by the news. “My husband opened it first, Special to The Canton News and he told me the score. I didn’t believe him. I expected her to do well, just not that well,” said Cheleta Rhodes. Rhodes says some parts of the test were easy for her, like science, but some parts she had not been taught yet. She says her favorite subject is math and her least favorite is En- glish. She says the answers in En- glish sometimes can be subjective, but, in math, the answers are either right or wrong. Rhodes reports that she abso- lutely loves reading. She says she started reading when she was two years old. “If you read more, then you’ll read better, then you will increase your vocabulary. People will treat you with more respect. When you use bigger words, people will re- spect you more,” said Rhodes. Her mother Cheleta says she and her husband tried to expose their children to words, colors, puzzles and board games while they were young and curious to help them learn. She says other parents and students can be successful and in- crease their knowledge by putting forth the effort and asking for help when they need it. “Anything is possible, if you put forth the effort. A lot of people Canton middle schooler Rhodes scores 27 on ACT Special to The Canton News Kristen Rhodes cont. on page 15 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 its not to late get your flu shot!