Wesson Flea Market cancelled
October won't be as festive in the Wesson area this year, but it looks like it may be healthier.
Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, the Wesson Volunteer Fire Department and Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce cancelled two traditional events that normally attract thousands of visitors with arts and crafts and fleas vendors, food and entertainment: the Wesson Flea Market on October 17 and the Ole Brook Festival on the first weekend in October.
The announcements came at a time when Mississippi is seeing an 80 percent decline in new COVID-19 cases across the state, which Governor Tate Reeves attributes to the commitment of people to mask-wearing and social distancing.
The festival cancellations answered the Governor's call for people not to become complacent. "The numbers are going down," he said. "Let's be happy about that, but let's not rest. Let's not ignore it. Let's fight and continue to crush this virus."
Reeves encouraged county leaders to enforce his executive orders to wear masks, limit crowd sizes, as the festival cancellations will do, and curb restaurant capacities. With the school year starting, he extended his orders to encompass crowd sizes at extracurricular events, such as football games and band concerts, which will be limited to two spectators per participant.
Copiah County has reported slightly more than one thousand COVID-19 cases, with 30 deaths, and Lincoln Country's case toll is less than one thousand, with 50 deaths.