Market promotes entrepreneurship, fun

July 08–All kinds of joy was found amid interesting sights and sounds Saturday at The Norlina Market.

The event featured a variety of vendors and musical performances.

Safeway Travelers, a gospel band from Warrenton, and Nelson Woodhouse, who plays rock and plays keyboard with a band at Clearview Church in Henderson, graced the audience with music.

DJ Paul of Fame and vocalist Steve Hyman were also present.

Anytime you can do something in the community that involves the goods, services and food, it’s always a “hit”, said Warren County Commissioner Jennifer Jordan Pierce, who was there as an everyday citizen.

The Norlina Market, which takes place at Norlina Junction Park, is in its first year. Turner-Brothers LLC, which is Latarshia Turner-Brothers’ company, organized and sponsored the event, partnering with the Norlina Revitalization and Planning Committee to come up with ideas and themes to stage the event.

It takes place on the first and third Saturday every month until Sept. 29, when the festival finale will happen from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to Turner-Brothers.

The tentative plan is for the Warren County Cook-off competition to also take place on Sept. 29, according to Jonte Hawkins, who is organizing the cook-off with the Stone Square Lodge committee. It was originally going to be held Saturday at the Historic Courthouse Square in Warrenton but plans changed because of weather forecast.

Instead of canceling, the cook-off merged with the market, according to Turner-Brothers. All of their vendors lined up for the cook-off came over there.

Anyone can participate in the Warren County Cook-off, according to Hawkins. There will be four competitions for four categories, which are chicken, ribs, barbecue and beef brisket.

As for the market, each week will have a different theme, according to Turner-Brothers. The one on Aug. 18 is back-to-school themed, for example.

Their market, she said, is about entrepreneurship. The market is also for people to have fun with their family. “They can have a good time right here in their own back yard,” she said.

They want to set an example for other small towns and want to bring the community together, she said. They are the community keepers, Turner-Brothers added.

Every town should have their own market and their own activities, she said.

Alongside the vendors and performers, Saturday’s event also came with the new and familiar for one attendee.

Mike Pullen, who lives in Yadkinville now, grew up in Norlina very close to where the event was held. He, who comes home at least once a month now, came home for his nephew’s birthday.

He met people there that day that he didn’t know previously. “Oh wait a minute, I know him, I went to school with him,” Pullen said, as he points to someone standing nearby. It wasn’t the only person he bumped into that he knew.

Overall the entire event, Pullen said, is leaving a positive impression on him and that he hopes people are the same way.

This article provided by NewsEdge.