“I’m excited!” stated Teresa McAnerney.
“PRIDE has been very unifying for our community. People see all
the activity on St. Joseph Street (the
main street downtown) and wonder what is
going on. They drive down town just to check it out.”
The flurry of activity is caused by the Farmers Market held every
Thursday afternoon from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., on the block in front
of city hall in Wathena. The Farmers Market, started the first of July,
has been a win/win situation for all involved. Sellers are quickly
selling out of their commodities and buyers are getting fresh home
grown or home made products. The signage placed on Highway 36 attracts
visitors and they drive into town to check out what is going on.
this even more of a social event, Wathena now offers “Market and
a Movie” on Thursday evenings. Following the Farmers Market, an
outdoor movie is shown bringing back memories of the old drive
in theaters. Instead of sitting in cars, neighbors bring along their
lawn chairs, coolers, blankets and snacks to settle in for the social
event of the week. The street remains blocked off to traffic and the
film is projected onto a building.
The success of the project has come from the diversified background and
dedication of the PRIDE committee. They have members that are from the
city council, the mayor, and residents from the town and the country.
The city has been very supportive of PRIDE's efforts and appreciate the
changes they are seeing in the community.
Yard of the Month has been a great program to inspire individuals to
keep up their lawns and gardens. They work with neighboring PRIDE
communities to exchange judging of the lawns. Highland judges for
Wathena, Troy judges for Highland and Elwood has started a Yard of the
Month contest too. The PRIDE program is serving as a vehicle to unify
these four communities in Doniphan County.
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