Despite clouds, community day a good time for all

Leslie Bradford at her jewelry booth, Leslie’s Creations. Bradford was one of several vendors at the sixth annual Starkville Community Day Saturday. (Photo by Charlie Benton, SDN)
Staff Writer

People from Starkville and beyond had a chance to take in some food, fun and music at the sixth annual Starkville Community Day on Saturday.

The festival was held all day Saturday in J.L King Memorial Park, and featured games, dancing, gospel music and vendors of food and non-food items. OCH Regional Medical Center also had a booth set up, offering blood pressure checks and other health screenings to the public.

Despite cloudy weather and the possibility of rain from Hurricane Nate, the festival drew a decent crowd, with many families setting up canopies and grills elsewhere in the park.

Starkville native Mia Amos said she had attended the festival for all six years.

“It’s something for the community to let the kids come out and play and have fun and the grown folks to come out and sit out and listen to the music old school,” Amos said.

Trey Spencer of Spencer’s Sweet and Spicy Barbecue was at the festival selling his ribs, sausage and other slow-smoked meats.

He said his sales had been good throughout the day.

“It’s great.” Spencer said. “Hopefully more will come out. Hopefully the rain will hold off.”

Spencer said he had sold at the event in years past.

“It gets better and better every year,” Spencer said.

Another vendor, Leslie Bradford, also reported good sales from her jewelry booth, Leslie’s Creations.

“Everything is handmade,” Bradford said. “I do personalized jewelry and beaded jewelry”

Bradford also said she enjoyed all that was offered at the festival.

“I think it’s a great thing for people coming out and enjoying themselves, great music, great food, a lot of great jewelry, great vendors and people are nice,” Bradford said.

Event sponsors included Southwire, Oktibbeha County Co-Op, Cubby Harris Painting Company, Fair Price Landscaping, Williams Construction, Travis Outlaw, Iris Hill Realtor, C-Spire, William Wells Tires, West Side Market, Flexsteel, Lodge 31, Barnes Crossing Automotive, Starkville Transportation and Wholesale Tires.

“It’s nice. I think we need more of it,” said Donavan Strickland, who was attending the event for the first time.