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2019 Ecru Peach Festival a big success 

A big crowd for the 2019 Ecru Peach Festival.

The second annual Ecru Peach Festival Saturday, June 15, was a big success with good attendance, great fun and  perfect mild weather with low humidity. It was the place to be Saturday and Saturday night.

Visitors from around North Mississippi and a few from nearby states made the small former railroad town at the Pontotoc/Union County line the place to be all day and all night Saturday.

Daytime visitors consumed peach ice cream and other delicacies made from that succulent fruit. They enjoyed shopping in the unique specialty shops lining Ecru’s renovated Main Street. Cherry Creek Orchards, of Pontotoc, had a supply of the fruit of the day on hand for those who wished to take some home and make their own goodies.

This being an election year in Mississippi, candidates for county offices and seats in the state legislature spoke to the crowd assembled for the Ecru Peach Festival. The top ranking official to speak was William Waller, Jr., the recently retired Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, who is considered the top Republican contender in the race for Mississippi Governor.

Union County MS Ecru MS 2019 Peach Festival Justice Waller

Chief Justice William Waller, Jr. and his son Bill III, at the Ecru Peach Festival 2019. Justice Waller is a leading Republican candidate for MS Governor.

When night came, the gaslights that help preserve Ecru’s old time ambiance came on and helped illuminate the scene as musicians took the stage erected in the middle of Main Street.

The headliner act Saturday night was “The Bouffants” from Memphis, an act that features female singers in dress and hairdos reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s. Backed by an excellent six piece band, the singers performed songs from the hits of Motown and classic Southern Rock and Roll.

Ecru grew up as a stop on Colonel William Clark Falkner’s Ship Island and Ripley Railroad in the late 19th century. It was a prosperous country market town into the twentieth century, but declined in the last part of that century.

Union County MS 2019 Peach Festival, Ecru MS

Vendors lined Ecru’s Main Street in front of the recently renovated 19th century buildings that line the street.

It has recently enjoyed a renaissance. The Tanglefoot bicycling and hiking trail was developed on the old railroad right of way, drawing visitors from around the country. Perhaps most importantly, most of the 19th century buildings on Ecru’s Main Street have been renovated, preserving their old time character while repurposing them for 21st century use.

Modern retail stores with specialty merchandise and one of the best health and fitness centers in North Mississippi are now prominent downtown features, drawing visitors from well beyond Ecru. Ecru has become perhaps the most attractive town of its size in North Mississippi.

It showed itself well during the Second Annual Ecru Peach Festival.

Union County MS 2019 Peach Festival vendors

Shopping at vendor booths.

Union County MS Pontotoc Ridge Cruisers

Pontotoc Ridge Cruisers Car Club displayed this 1950s Pontiac

Union County MS Peach festival vendor

One vendor displayed wares in a gazebo structure.

Union County MS Ecru 2019 Peach Festival night

Some audience members sat in front of McCoy’s Grocery to hear The Bouffants.

Union County MS Jeff Olson at Ecru MS peach festival

New Albany’s Jeff Olson campaigning for MS Senate

Kevin Walls, a Republican candidate for the state senate, spoke Saturday in Ecru

Union County MS night crowd at Ecru MS Peach Festival

Sitting in lawn chairs listening to The Bouffants in Ecru Saturday night

Union County MS 2019 Peach Festival visitors

Families and friends visiting in the sunshine.

Union County MS Kids fun Peach fesival

Kids played in the bounce house.

Union County MS Antique hand pump Ecru MS

Ken Nowlin and his grandson Jack Nowlin enjoyed the old hand pump that has been preserved in operating condition on Ecru’s Main Street.

Ecru MS Mural in progress 7/2018

A mural of Old and New Ecru.

Union County MS Ecru MS gaslight

Downtown Ecru is illuminated at night by gaslights in keeping with the 19th century buildings recently restored on Ecru’s Main Street.

 

 

 

1 Comment on 2019 Ecru Peach Festival a big success 

  1. Harold Dendy // June 17, 2019 at 7:26 AM //

    Excellent! I love to see people in small communities come together and work together.

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