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Paris historian Skipper Steely shot this photo of a crape myrtle tree at the Depot on Friday. “Bit of a hazy day for a perfect shot, but the trees are hitting a peak there,” Steely says. “One rain would help. Always nearly rains on Aug. 10 around here!”
The 12th Annual Sweetheart Soiree, held on Saturday, February 9, at the Love Civic Center, was a huge success, attracting hundreds of people to the Valentine’s Day themed event.
The event is held every year for the benefit of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris.
The photographs below were taken by Bill Higgins. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.
Photos by Jeff Parish
Photos by Jeff Parish/eParis Extra!
It was a gorgeous day for this year’s Festival of Pumpkins. According to Main Street coordinator Cheri Bedford, ” Everything was a huge success thanks to the many wonderful volunteers, sponsors, and team of city employees. Many people Commented that the Plaza was as beautiful as they had ever seen it, and it seemed like the largest crowd they had ever seen, too.”
All the kids activities were a huge success thanks to Paris Garden Study Club and the other volunteers and sponsors. All the contests were a huge draw. The blue ribbon pumpkin baking had creative pumpkin foods for judging. The new ice cream freeze off was a huge success as were annual crowd favorites such as pumpkin decorating and costume contest, and the pet activities as well.
Mindy Moree, Executive Director of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce added, “With great weather and all the beautiful fall decorations that created such a wonderful festival atmosphere, people of all ages where able to enjoy the variety of venues offered on Saturday. This created such an excitement that will only help build the momentum for future events downtown. Kudos to the Main Street Department and the City of Paris as well as all the downtown merchants who helped to make the event a success.
City of Paris Main Street would like to thank the 2011 sponsors who helped make this years festival possible. Gold sponsors: Paris Regional Medical Center and Harrison Walker Harper; silver sponsors: Walmart, Lamar County Chamber of Commerce; and bronze sponsors, TaMollys, People’s Bank, First Federal, Kimberly Clark, Hayter Engineering, Liberty National Bank and Stone Title Company.
Photos by Quentin Carpenter/eParis Extra!