Despite the rainy weather vendors were out in full force for the Jubilee Bridge Crossing Festival. Early Saturday morning vendors began setting up tents and looking for electrical outlets to open for business. -- Chris Wasson

Vendors welcome large crowd

Published 7:18pm Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rain may have slowed the traffic of Selma’s Jubilee, but it didn’t slow business down on Saturday.

Hundreds of vendors set up Saturday morning, but instead of lining Water Street as they do in years past, they split between the old National Guard Armory and School of Discovery.

“I enjoy coming out here each year,” Jesse Harper, a cook from Valley said. “It’s just so much fun to be able to see all of the different people. We’ve seen presidential candidates, leaders. This year we have already met people from as far away as Oregon.”

Vendors like Harper come each year and have a familiarity with customers.

They have been able to form relationship, but also get a feel for what goes on each year to prepare for it.

“I only serve three items,” Harper said. “Chicken, fish and polish sausage. I learned that if I only do those three things then I don’t lose too much. If it sells, it sells.”

While Harper travels for the love of it, some came out just trying to make a living.

“I do it for a job,” Africa Sow, a vendor selling phone merchandise, said. “This is a great way to get some money, you know.”

“I go everywhere doing this, New York, Atlanta, California. It’s good to be able to move around.”

Sow, who resides in Atlanta normally, has gone from selling African art to the phone products.

“Whatever it takes to make a living. It’s not so bad,” she said.

Vendors will be back on Water Street now that the rain has cleared and the vendors hope that will bring back business.

“It was slower today, but only because we were split up,” Harper said. “It should pick up though.”

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