Riverfront Market Day is near

Published 7:56 pm Friday, October 5, 2012

Riverfront Market Day is only one week away. This annual event is not only important for historic downtown and Water Avenue, but it is also important for our community. Riverfront Market Day brings in people from other towns who are interested in experiencing Selma’s historic downtown while shopping for glass-blown jewelry, handmade soybean candles, children’s wooden toys, homemade jams and jellies, oil paintings, and much, much more.

This year the vendors were carefully screened and selected, which will ultimately provide both Selmians and out of town visitors with a top notch shopping experience – no more perusing through yard-sale-type cast offs from your neighbors basement.

Market Day has been taking place along Water Avenue for 41 years and this year will make 42. For many attending Market Day is a family tradition. Some families will even drive back to Selma in order to participate. The event is sure to be a day full of fun and a place to make memories, but more than that, it is a place to enrich and grow our community.

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The out of town guests will get a glimpse of life in Selma. They will be impressed with the quality of the local talent from artists and musicians to restaurateurs and business owners. One day will simply not be enough to take in all that Selma has to offer.

Make Riverfront Market Day an experience that both out of visitors and Selmians will be proud of. There is so much potential for repeat visitors, who may not have enough time to see Sturdivant Hall or walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge while they are here for Market Day, that they will have to make a return trip to participate in all the other unique, exciting things Selma has to offer.

One of the more exciting things Selma is offering at this year’s Market Day is the scavenger hunt on Water Avenue. Start brushing up on your history now, because there are three cash prizes up for grabs of $300, $200 and $100.

If that’s not enough to get you excited about Market Day and all the fun, interesting things that will be taking place downtown, then check out Times-Journal Life & Style Editor Jean T. Martin’s feature on Market Day in Sunday’s paper. Her vivid descriptions of Market Days past and what this event means to our community will surely be the thing to get you counting down the days till Oct. 13.