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hope this will pro­vide more space and ex­po­sure to help the event grow.

Sun­day Fun­day board chair­man Joe MacGown said there were wor­ries about po­ten­tially in­clement weather, but said the rain held off for the year’s first Sun­day Fun­day.

“Turnout was way bet­ter than ex­pected we have more ven­dors than we’ve ever had, peo­ple are buy­ing things, the band’s been great,” MacGown said. “We started out with a drum cir­cle, but I’m very happy with every­thing.”

Lo­cal pas­tor and au­thor Bert Mont­gomery had a stand set up sell­ing his books and said the turnout was im­pres­sive for the first event of the year.

“It’s been great, a lot of foot traf­fic and peo­ple com­ing by with kids, fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, and I’ve been kind of hid­ing in the back here and i’ve had folks come by,” Mont­gomery said. “I’s nice to see folks min­gling with the mu­sic.”

MacGown then ex­plained the evo­lu­tion of Sun­day Fun­day from its hum­ble be­gin­nings.

“Last year, it was a rogue event,” he said. “it was un­or­ga­nized and peo­ple just wanted to

show some art. This year, we are le­git­i­mate.”

The event space was made pos­si­ble by the Camp fam­ily, who al­lowed the group the use the space, and MacGown also praised the sup­port of Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill, who has been an out­spoke pro­po­nent of out­door and com­mu­nity-ori­ented events in Starkville.

“This is just one event, there are so many things hap­pen­ing in this area,: MacGown said/. “The Camps, they are big sup­port­ers. Then you have the mayor sit­ting across the street and lead­ing the way. To­day was a great first day.”

Spruill at­tended the event and said the goal of these events have been to bring the com­mu­nity

out to places where they haven’t been be­fore.

“This is a new lo­ca­tion and it gives them an op­por­tu­nity to grow it be­cause it will grow nicely in this area, so I think that’s just a real win-win for us,” she said. “On a Sun­day, peo­ple don’t have a whole lot sched­uled. I know I saw a num­ber of peo­ple at City Bagel be­fore it got started up, so it’s that feed­ing one part of your city with an­other.”

Sun­day Fun­day will be held on the last Sun­day of ev­ery month through the sum­mer and into the fall.

Ad­mis­sion is free.

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