Event organizers wanted another draw to the park on Labor Day Weekend as the waterpark season comes to a close and to help boost attendance for the Battle for Decatur Civil War reenactment, also taking place the same weekend at Point Mallard Park.
Booths will be displaying items such as art, crafts, jewelry, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made clothing, quilts, collectibles, antique furniture, refurbished and repurposed items.
“Repurposed items, shabby-chic furniture and anything with chalkboards are hot”, says event organizer, Julianne Lowman, marketing director for Decatur Parks & Recreation. “I’m just so amazed at some people’s creativity! What one person may see as an old window, someone else turns into a coffee table. I love it!” She says antiques and rusty items are also very popular as well. Booth spaces inside the Expo are sold out, but booth spaces outside the venue are still available, but going fast. The cost for a 15 x 15 outdoor space is $50, and 15 x 30 space is $75.
The event is free to spectators. As a bonus, visitors and vendors will receive a ticket upon entering entitling each to a free hot dog from Merchants Foods, a complimentary Pepsi and to register for a door prize. Wintzell’s will be sponsoring a professional oyster shucking contest and an amateur oyster eating contest.
Entertainment by Bluegrass band Dixie Flavor and other local musicians. Miss Point Mallard Katie Malone, will also perform daily as well as encourage support for her platform: Ronald McDonald Houses. She is collecting pop-tops from aluminum cans and is encouraging visitors to bring whatever extra pop-tops they have from home to donate when they visit her booth.
What: Point Mallard Pickers Market
Where: Point Mallard Expo (old ice rink)
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Date: Aug 31 – Sept 1 – Rain or Shine.
Items for sale: Arts, crafts, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, gently used furniture and other wonderful "finds".
Battle for Decatur Reenactment: Battles Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. – Free Admission
Point Mallard Waterpark Final Weekend: Saturday, August 31 - Monday, September 2nd: Hours: 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. Admission: ages 5-11, Seniors 62+, Military ID- $15: Ages 12-61- $20: Ages 4 and under Free. Free Kids’ Sunday, Sept. 1 – Kids ages 11 and under are free with a paid adult.