By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
MATHISTON — Many changes have taken place in Mathiston since the town was incorporated in 1890 with Mike Hikey as mayor, and Crow White, C.C. Crow and Henry Vaughan as alderman. These men would have been proud of the events taking place in Mathiston last weekend.
Like all small towns, Mathiston has had its good times and bad times, with many places of businesses closing, but many more new businesses have opened there in the last few years.
This has happened with the cooperation of the Mathiston town mayor and board, along with the help of the Mathiston Civic League and other people.
Friday and Saturday were two days that will be remembered for a long time, as the town of Mathiston celebrated its 125th birthday.
On Friday night, a happy event was held at the town park with all the officials of the town gathered.
Mayor Jimmy Carden welcomed everyone and Lavelle McAlpin also gave a talk. McAlpin, who is a history teacher at East Webster High School, is one of the people who can inform you with much interesting information about the county and about the town of Mathiston.
State Rep. Joey Hood from Ackerman was on hand to present the town with a plaque honoring it for its 125th birthday.
Along with this, many musical groups and individuals performed, and of course, hamburgers and more good food was available.
Friday night’s program ended with a fireworks show, and the sky around Mathiston looked and sounded much like July 4, and some people as far away as Maben heard them, too.
As all the preparations for the Friday night’s program were taking place, some vendors were already setting up in the park as early as 3 p.m. Friday for the festival on Saturday.
Then, on Saturday, the second MayFest in the Park was held. According to some of the people, 70 spots were marked off for vendors but some estimated at least 75 vendors were present.
On Saturday, vendors were selling concessions, shirts, vegetables, wood furniture and many other items. A day like this was a good place where people might have been seen perhaps doing early shopping for Christmas or other gifts.
The antique car show, as usual, was interesting, and it was a place many people walked around and looked for a long time.
Mathiston MayFest on Saturday and the program on Friday night was a successful event, and the people in the area look forward to next year.