Canton Main Street Has Something to Crow about
Friday night Oct 12, 2018, Canton Main Street kicked off the Autumn Festival with the Miss Main Street pageant and carriage rides around the Court House. Considering the weather, the carriage rides turned out to be a big hit, and only cost $5.00 a ride. The bands, Finding Shade and Dylan Wheeler, took to the stage, giving us all “Something to Crow About” (Main Street’s theme). In spite of the rain, no festival is complete without food, which several vendors provided. The Kicking Mule contributed a beer and wine garden.
The city of Canton is so fortunate to have been chosen to participate in the 2018 Town Square Initiative (TSI) with the Texas Historical Commission (THC). As an illustration of the value of the THC’s participation, the TSI program chooses only one city each year to assist with project management. The objective of the initiative is to revitalize historic downtowns by reshaping the condition around historic buildings. Canton Main Street is excited to unveil the new Canton Town Square Pocket Park. The Pocket Park kicks off the rollout of the strategic plan that the collaborative team has put together. In the picture slide show, notice the beautiful enclosure, bronze statues, seating area and fountain.
Saturday morning, October 13, 2018 was full of activities. At 10:30 a.m., Mayor Lou Ann Everett, Canton Main Street, and many friends gathered for the ribbon cutting of the new Canton Pocket Park. In addition, the 2018 Autumn Festival’s Miss Main Street Queen, Regean Hicks, was crowned. The rain didn’t slow down the crowd as they gathered to watch the pageant, which was inside the Canton Chamber of Commerce.
Outside, around Canton’s downtown, the streets were packed with merchandise, artists, game booths, face painting, pastry and food vendors. Both the republican and democrat parties were present with information booths. There was a big-kid section this year, and most of the kids enjoyed the pumpkin patch provided by Bourquin Farms and Produce. In the picture slide show, meet one of the artists, Thomas Allie.
The Canton Main Street gave us “Something to Crow About!” Let’s see what they come up with next year.
Photos by Reporter Amandi Goldman and Publisher Timna Rutledge.
Amandi Goldman is a freelance writer with The Northeast Texan.