Founders Day Information Central
A Glow Run Run/Walk, car show, musicians and other entertainers, vendors with an array of arts, crafts, and fleas; snacks, refreshments and meals; the crowning of a new event queen and fireworks will highlight Wesson's Founders Day
celebration of town life and commemorate its history on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.
The Wesson Chamber of Commerce is the primary sponsor of the event with additional support committed so far by Co-Lin, the Town of Wesson, Trustmark and Copiah Banks, Dump's Barbeque and Nena Smith Dance Studio. The following link will provide you with more information if you would like to sign up to be a sponsor for this event: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=7596043443753952&set=a.103937482964623. If you have trouble printing, please email for a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Sponsorship information is also at the end of the article.)
The festivities start on Friday evening in the municipal park with musical entertainment and a Glow Run/Walk that begins at 7 p.m.
Walkers and runners start the 5K event on Highway 51 with signs along the way directing them through Wesson and the Co-Lin campus and ending at their starting point on Highway 51. It's called a "Glow" Run/Walk because participants will light themselves as they navigate the course in the dark in white t-shirts and with glow necklaces, bracelets, and other items provided to help them on their walks and runs, event planner Stephanie Duguid explains.
Overall Run/Walk winners and those finishing first, second and third place in four age categories -- under 20, 21-35, 36-50 and 51 and over -- will be recognized. Commemorative t-shirts and medals, beverages and fruits will be sold. The fee is $25 for the run/walk. Last year, more than 60 adults and youth participated and Duguid is expecting greater numbers this years. Specific details, route, event sign-up are all forthcoming. Contact Duguid at 601-643-8341 for information. See the following link for the registration form for the Color Fun Run: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10159668262141070&set=pcb.10159668263081070. (Registration form is also at the end of the article.)
Early the next morning, vehicle owners will sign up their vintage antique, classic cars, trucks and tractors they updated, souped up and maintained to display and earn recognition in the Cruising 5 Car Show that is a traditional part of the Founders Day celebration. There will be Participants' Choice Chamber Choice winners. Last year, fifteen vehicles competed and event planner Brent Duguid expects the number the grow this year. See the following link for the registration form for the Cruise-In: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10159668277651070&set=pcb.10159668278476070. (Registration form is also at the end of the article.)
The Chamber will Crown a new Founders Day Queen and celebrate the reign of the outgoing 2021-22 Queen.
Throughout the day, soloists, bands and other entertainers now being lined up by Chamber President Stephen Ashley will take the Spring Street stage, bringing an assortment of gospel, rock and country music, dance and crowd-pleasing performances to the celebration. Shoppers will browse vendor booths and bargain for clothing, jewelry, arts. crafts and fleas while their kids frolic in a play zone with giant inflatables. An abundance of food, snacks and drinks will be available to satisfy the hunger needs of visitors.
As the day ends and darkness descends, the celebration will culminate on Spring Street by the railroad with a spectacular fireworks display followed by street dancing.
Below are the forms that were mentioned throughout the article.
For information on becoming a sponsor:
For registration form for the Color Fun Run:
For registration form for Cruise-In: