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‘It was a great day’

Bella Parmer creates a bubble while Rodney Owens, the bubble man, looks own in amazement. Between 11,000-12,000 visited Atmore’s annual festival, Williams Station Day, on Saturday. | Andrew garner/Atmore Advance

Bella Parmer creates a bubble while Rodney Owens, the bubble man, looks own in amazement. Between 11,000-12,000 visited Atmore’s annual festival, Williams Station Day, on Saturday. | Andrew garner/Atmore Advance

Williams Station Day a big hit Saturday

Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Vickery said Williams Station Day was a great day on Saturday.

“I got a lot of good compliments,” Vickery said. “It was a great day.”

Vickery said 119 arts and crafts and information vendors lined Pensacola Avenue for the all-day event. Additionally, there were 12 food vendors offering delectable goodies for visitors.

“The food vendors were very happy,” Vickery said. “Many of them sold out.”

Williams Station Day is an annual event held to celebrate Atmore’s name sake and the city’s heritage as a railroad stop. Before changing its name to Atmore, the city was called Williams Station.

For many, the festival is a good way to reconnect with old friends, Vickery said.

“A lot of people come to Williams Station Day who haven’t been here but once a year,” she said. “It was good to see former residents back.”

Vickery said it’s always hard to gauge how many people came to Williams Station Day, but she thinks somewhere between 11,000-12,000 people visited.

“A lot of people thought the crowd wasn’t heavy, but the show went longer,” she said. “They were bottle necked. A lot of people were up by the arts and crafts.”

Vickery said compared to last year, this year’s show was good because she saw many folks hugging necks, talking and enjoying the day.

Vickery said she heard a lot of positive things about the festival.

“I hear the great things, but I play on the things that can be changed,” she said. “I go back to the drawing board and see where we could’ve done better.

“It’s not so hard because I enjoy seeing people hugging and talking,” she said. “To me, no matter how tired I am, that’s what I feed off of, seeing people seeing each other for the first time and hugging. That’s what Williams Station Day has become, almost a reunion for people to come back.”

During the early part of the day, the color contest winners were announced. The winners are as follows by school:

• Huxford — Haden Coley, grand prize winner; and Tailor Smith

• Homeschool — Ben Landis and Lizzy Landis

• Temple Christian Academy — Alayla Stallworth and Elijah

• Escambia Academy — Alexa Beasley and Payton Guy

• Atmore Christian — Alana Shelly and Zytiyana

• A.C. Moore — Amber Johnson and D’Angelo Richards

• Rachel Patterson — Tydarious Washington and Alex Price

The winners of the pumpkin decorating contest are the following:

• James Sullivan, 15, first place

• Lily Sullivan, 10, first place

• Hillary, 10, second place

• Anna Sullivan, 12, third place

• Amy Branch, second place

• Aaron Sullivan, 5, first place

• Neveah Godwin, 2, second place

• Carlos Benal, third place

• Ava Penner, first place