Water Avenue was a busy place Saturday as residents turned out for the annual Riverfront Market Day. -- Sarah Robinson
Water Avenue was a busy place Saturday as residents turned out for the annual Riverfront Market Day. -- Sarah Robinson

Despite uncertain future, Riverfront Market Day a success

Published 10:07pm Saturday, October 12, 2013

Crowds swarmed Water Avenue Saturday to enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Riverfront Market Day.

Families and friends flooded the street to enjoy a day of shopping, food, music and more. The Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society sponsored the annual event.

Event organizer Candi Duncan said the Selma City Council might force them to change the format next year.

“We hope to return next year, but in a different format,” Duncan said. “The city wants to put a dollar fee on each vendor. If the city passes that ordinance, we will be doing something different.”

While the group is uncertain of how they will manage Market Day next year, Duncan has remained positive about this year’s event.

“It’s pretty good,” Duncan said.

Laurie Hall has been going to Market Day for years. She said she appreciated the vendors who commit to participating in the festive day.

“My mom and I have been coming since I was a child,” Hall said. “I’m glad the vendors who are here are still coming. “

For Tanya Miles, shopping is one of the best features of Market Day. She and her daughter have a favorite vendor.

“We usually get products from ‘Me Too,’” Miles said. “It’s been a good experience.”

The day offered a lot of food activities for the children, as Buddy the Clown made balloon animals. Children were also treated to a toy train ride down Water Avenue.

Some were new to Market Day like Ziccardi’s Picking Party, a group of Concordia College exchange students from Ethiopia. Brukty Shetta, Yemsrach Herame and Emmet Muyeyen, members of the group, performed contemporary gospel music in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia.

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