First Trade Day event today
by Rachel Davis
Aug 04, 2012 | 3157 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — The first annual I-22 Trade Day will be held near Carbon Hill’s old gymnasium today, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Booths are still available at a cost of $15 each. Setup begins at 6:30 a.m.

Organizer Ronnie O’Rear encourages anyone who has items to sell to come set up a booth, whether they reserved a space or not.

“Anything from chickens to race cars, we don’t care,” O’Rear said laughing.

A number of arts and crafts vendors have reserved spots that include art work and jewelry, as well as many other items.

“Hopefully, this will be the beginning of something big for Carbon Hill,” O’Rear said. “This time next year I envision an arts and crafts village.”

The city’s splashpad will also be open, free of charge, for children to play while their parents look at the various booths. There will also be food and drinks available at the event.

“We just want everybody to come out and bring whatever they want to sell,” O’Rear said. “And we want them to bring the kids and let them hang out at the splashpad.”

The event is sponsored by the recently revived Carbon Hill Industrial Board. That board had not established a quorum in a number of years, but almost a year ago the board gained new members and have establish a quorum at every meeting for the last nine months.

The new board members who are helping to organize the event are O’Rear, Allen Robinson, Sheila Pshirer, Dan German, Terry Mason, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Chambers.

The board decided that the best interest of Carbon Hill was to focus on growing the population and that means luring families into the area.

“We’ve gotta make life better in town for families,” O’Rear said. “We’ve already got plenty of housing, and we need to show that you can come here and have fun.”