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Flea to Wesson market on Saturday

The pork skins will be fresh, hot and crackin’ and the Boston butts smoked.

But that’s just a tiny sampling of what’s on the menu at the 47th annual Wesson Flea Market, said Wesson Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ken Carraway.

More than 150 vendors have signed up to sell food, arts and crafts along the streets of downtown Wesson from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

That’s a few dozen vendors less than usual, but Carraway is still expecting a good turnout for the annual celebration that has become more of a community gathering for a good cause than a shopping bazaar.

The flea market serves as the fire department’s single annual fundraiser. Carraway said the event usually brings in about $8,000 for the department, which they use to buy turnout gear, radios, training and sometimes even operating expenses.

This year, most if not all of the funds raised will be used to cover the cost of truck repairs — more than $10,000 worth.

“Truck repairs can’t be paid for with rebate money,” he said.

Smyrna Baptist Church will be bringing back an unusually popular item — the pulled pork parfait. It’s mashed potatoes and pulled pork layered in a plastic cup and eaten with a fork.

“They sold out last year right at noon,” Carraway said. “He’s cooking more than he did last year. He’s almost doubling it.”

Vendors are coming from Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and various locations in Mississippi with handcrafted items perfect for Christmas shoppers, he said.

A kids zone with inflatables and train rides will also be available for children.

The Wesson Library’s annual book sale is also Saturday during the Wesson Flea Market. They’ll have a silent auction at the pavilion next to the library with items donated by local artists. All funds from the book sale and auction benefit the library.