Market Day is coming to McDuffie County.
A farmer's market has been tentatively set to be held in the Knox Shopping Center on Saturday, May 1. The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce is helping plan the event and are also teaming up with the Warren County Chamber to hold a similar event in Warrenton.
The Chambers have decided to continue to hold Market Days for the rest of the summer, alternating on a weekly basis between Thomson and Warrenton. McDuffie County will have its Market Day on the first and third Saturdays of the month, while Warren County will have its on the second and fourth.
Tourism Board Member and Market Day organizer Tommy Samuels said the idea of having a semi-monthly Market Day has been floating around for a while now, and that the consensus feeling is that having a place to buy and sell fresh produce would be good for the community.
"There seems to be some interest because some of us have pulled to the side of the road and pulled up to the back of these pickup trucks where they're selling stuff out of their trucks, and they're certainly interested in being able to come to one central location where the public knows they can get a fresh tomato or sweet potato or whatever," he said.
Thomson-McDuffie Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert said she thought Market Day was a good way to bring people into downtown Thomson.
"It'd be another reason for people to come downtown," she said. "And it wouldn't be an arts and crafts festival. It would be a way for people to bring in their produce."
Officials are still working on details and have all but limited the scope of Market Day to only include fresh produce.
They've also decided not to charge farmers and sellers any fee for participating.
Officials have gone back and forth on where to hold the event, with the first choice being in the parking lot behind the Depot, but that was scratched when visibility became a top priority -- officials want downtown passersby to be able to see Market Day and stop to look around.
"Let's go for the front; let's go for the visibility," said Tourism Board Chairman Hazel Mobley.
Mrs. Gilbert said that the Knox Shopping Center is the best option considering its size and location.
For anyone interested in selling goods for Market Day, contact Mrs. Gilbert at 597-1000.