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Main Street on the move in Hampton


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  Hampton’s Main Street program is running full-speed ahead with a number of activities planned for the summer months, according to its director.

Denise McKay is the new Main Street Director of the City of Hampton.                                         Photo by Mickie Jackson

  Denise McKay, who worked for the city several years ago, returned as Main Street Director in early February. She works with a nine-member Main Street Advisory Board (all city residents, some business and/or property owners in downtown area) as well as four separate committees that steer the organization forward.

  “We want to make Hampton a fun, lively place to be,” she said. “We have a lot of good things going on.”

  The farmer’s market opened for the season June 7 downtown at the Depot and will be there every Saturday through the middle of September. Six vendors were on hand the first week along with a good crowd of customers who purchased a lot of produce as well as jewelry and baked goods, McKay said. Vendors are welcome as long as their wares are homegrown or homemade, and that includes crafts, she said.

  The city’s annual July 4 activities are set to go, starting at 10 a.m. with the parade downtown and a day filled with fun in the park afterward.

  The Depot will be filled with model trains the weekend of Aug. 16-17, with an exhibition by the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club among the displays. The train show is free and open to the public.

  The NASCAR Hauler Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, a few days before the races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is a NASCAR-sanctioned event and NASCAR has committed approximately 30 of its haulers – big rigs used to carry the race cars across the country – to participate, McKay said.

  The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will go through the center of town, to Hwy. 81 and back to the Speedway. A driver will be honored that night as well, and there will be a street party on Cherry Street. A car show is scheduled in Hampton that same evening.

  Anyone interested in participating in various Main Street activities or the organization itself is encouraged to contact McKay at 770-946-4306, ext. 2225. You can also follow Hampton’s Main Street program on Facebook.













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