Main Street Clinton’s annual May Makers Olde Towne Market gains a fun new focus this year, with a two-pronged toast to the most special women around. Mothers are in the spotlight, with a celebratory walking parade and an engaging social media contest leading up to the event.
The May Makers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8 (the day before Mother’s Day), with the Mother’s Day Parade winding through Olde Towne at 9:30 a.m.
“Who doesn’t love a parade?” says Main Street Clinton Director Tara Lytal. “We hope that ladies will embrace this moment and come dressed in their wildest mom attire and march in the parade.”
No registration is required. Moms can walk with kids or other family members, or with fellow mothers if they like, and they’re encouraged to have some fun on the costume end. Feeling like queen for a day? That crown will fit in fine. Feel like a super hero most days? That’s another costume cue, and maybe a cape is just the right touch.
“They can be as creative as they want,” says Main Street Clinton Assistant Events Coordinator Lindsay Letson.
A social media contest earlier this month invited citizens to chime in and give special moms their due. Clintonians could nominate candidates for “A Mother Like No Other” on Main Street Clinton’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and enter moms with a photo and a description, 150 words or less, of why this mom deserves the title. The winner will be announced at the Mother’s Day Parade, with a gift basket of donations from local businesses as the prize.
“Not only will we name ‘A Mother Like No Other,’ but we will select a mom whose costume best embodies the spirit of the day,” Lytal says.
The mom-centric fun in May was the brainchild of Main Street Clinton Board President Allison Reno, along with Lytal and Depot Director Anna Boyd Hawks. Planned for 2020, the idea had to be put on hold when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down events last year. Now, it has a chance to shine, as the outdoor markets return and people are eager to partake.
“We have the Pet Parade in October and the Caterpillar Parade in April,” Letson says. “We were looking for something that made the May market unique. Since it typically falls close to Mother’s Day, we thought this would be a great way to get the community involved in something everybody can enjoy and celebrate.”
Lytal says, “Our April Olde Towne Market was so successful, as we saw hundreds from the community enjoying the beautiful weather after the literal and proverbial storm. People are so starved for interaction, and, as more and more people are getting vaccinated, our outdoor events provide them a safe way to ease into life again.”
The Makers Market is also a prime time and place to shop for Mother’s Day, with plenty of handcrafted and handmade items for sale, including soaps, woodwork, candles, jewelry, clothing, art, baked goods, pottery, bird feeders — “some items you just can’t find in the mall,” Lytal says. Plus, all the great downtown businesses are right there, joining in the festivities.
“People will be out there shopping everywhere, I’m sure.”