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Founders Day organizers seek old trucks, tractors

Wesson Founders Day is looking to get back to its foundation byadding some old attractions to the events this year, and organizersneed the public’s help.

Chamber of Commerce Clerk Judy Delaney said the chamber is lookingfor old trucks and tractors to go on display during the event,which takes place April 30 and May 1.

“We’re trying to go back to the older days with Founders Day,because when it first started they had an antique truck show, and apetting zoo, too,” she said. “It’s just going to try to attractmore people to Wesson, we just want to bring in some trucks andtractors and let people look at them.”

Delaney said she is currently looking for the antique hardware allover the state, and that so far she’s found some, but she alsowelcomes local trucks and tractors.

“I know a lady will be coming out of Tate County, and we’re tryingto find trucks and tractors from all over,” she said. “Andhopefully I can get some more coming. Lots of them.”

The event will also bring its popular game, Deal or No Deal, wherecontestants can win up to $1,000, as well as the usual arts andcrafts booths, vendors, carriage rides, and southern gospelgroups.

The live entertainment begins Friday night with the Anchorman’squartet, Delaney said, and there will be local talent all daySaturday.

Local favorite The Colonels will play for the street dance Saturdaynight.

And Delaney said the third annual Backyard Barbecue Cook-off, anevent that brings heated competition from local barbecue gourmets,will also take place this year.

The yearly parade will start at 11 a.m., as well, with the lineupbeginning at the Wesson Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

“Anyone is welcome to do the parade if they want to do a float orsomething,” she said.

Finally, chamber officials will offer an award to a local businessfor notable service to the community, Delaney said.

“But I don’t want to say who it is,” she said. “It’s going to be asurprise.”

Anyone with antique tractors or trucks, or looking for moreinformation on Founders Day is encouraged to call the chamber at601-643-5000 or call Chamber President Steven Ashley at601-757-9504.