Thursday, September 25, 2008
Knives, crafts, cars draw big crowd
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs was festive over the weekend, celebrating the onset of fall with a Case knife show and more.
Helping make the event attractive to locals and out-of-town folks alike were an antique car show, authentic buggy rides, homemade ice cream made on the spot, and Case representatives and artisans who participated in the arts and crafts show.
“It was unbelievable,” said Jonathan Moore, who organized the event with help from Case.
Moore works with Booker Hardware.
“I am a Case-authorized dealer and I had the opportunity to accept a Case-authorized event,” Moore said. “They do this several times a year in different locations and states.”
“It went so well, I hardly had time to think. I think this was great for Holly Springs and great for Booker’s.”
Moore said community support and involvement were the keys to success and he hopes to make this an annual event.
The antique car show and homemade ice cream were provided by George Poteet. Frank Swords provided the buggy rides. And two Case knife artisans, Whitey Peterson and Ricky Deitz from the Case factory in Bradford, Penn., demonstrated knife-sharpening tools and skills. Pat Mills and her husband from the Knoxville, Tenn., sales office also were at the festival.
Local sponsors also pitched in with support. Those included Bank of Holly Springs, A to Z Signs and Printing, Tyson’s Drug Store, Century 21’s Marsha Taylor, Callicutt Realty and Jane Callicutt, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, Merchants and Farmers Bank, Potts Camp Parts, Garrie and Sherry Colhoun, Kerry and Debbie Moore, Bethany Moore and Rebecca Moore, and Craft and Wynne Insurance. Stix-N-Tones owner Kevin Thomas organized the music and entertainment.
Moore estimated that between 800 to 1,000 people came through to look and shop.
“I met people from Texas, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and several surrounding states,” he said. “A few people on their way to the Ole Miss football game stopped in.”
“It is all about drawing attention to our historic city. It was good for Holly Springs and good for Booker’s. We hope these visitors will come back for future events.”
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