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Clinton Businesses Decorate for Fall

Bill Hetrick believes that decorating Clinton businesses will be a terrific way to showcase his Hinds County hometown.

Only good things can come from “Fall for Clinton” activities in October to feature businesses all over the vibrant city of 26,000 people in Central Mississippi.

“You are in a community that cares,” says Hetrick, a real estate agent with the Re-Max Alliance team.

Hetrick’s thriving business at 309 Jefferson Street is located along the Brick Streets of historic Clinton, near Mississippi College. “We all take pride down here,” says the Clinton Chamber of Commerce board member.

The Mississippian speaks for many leaders of the business community. They see Fall for Clinton as a win-win situation for thousands of local residents and visitors.

Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Clinton leaders are partnering to sponsor a citywide decorating contest for the Fall for Clinton weekend. Activities are set for October 13 (dinner and a movie on the Brick Streets) and Saturday October 14 (Olde Towne Market).

Contest judging occurs October 7 and prizes will be awarded. The deadline for contest entry forms is October 2. Awards will be handed out in such creative categories as: dynamic doorway, enthralling entrance, fabulous façade and lavish lawn.

Businesses stretching from the city limits along U.S. 80 through Olde Towne Clinton and elsewhere are encouraged to participate.

Last year, about 35 Clinton businesses signed up. T.J. McSparrin, the chamber’s executive director, hopes more businesses take part this year to help spruce up the city that borders Jackson.

“Fall for Clinton is a nice event,” McSparrin said. “It’s a way to make the city look unified and welcoming.”

Mayor Phil Fisher is one of the city leaders giving the annual event a thumbs up. City Hall is conveniently located along the Brick Streets with its diverse blend of interesting shops.

Mississippi College leaders will sponsor family-friendly activities at the market. Shoppers can purchase homemade products from a variety of vendors. There’s something appealing to pet lovers, too. Visitors can show off their favorite animals in a pet parade and a pet blessing in Clinton.

To obtain an application for the business decorating contest, call the Clinton Chamber of Commerce at 601-924-5912. For more information about Fall for Clinton, contact Tara Lytal at the Main Street office at 601-924-5472.