Getting to Know Clinton with Tara Lytal

August 23, 2018

Between the brick roads and bicycles, this small town south of Jackson is home to a myriad of great things. Throughout the year, Clinton hosts festivals, outdoor movies and plenty of live music. We had the chance to talk with Executive Director of Main Street Clinton and got the scoop on the events and excitement of this hometown.     

 

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What events is Clinton known to host, and which seems to get the community more engaged? 

 

Main Street Clinton began in 2007 and since then we have held numerous reoccurring events some of which include:

Olde Towne Markets – these are mini festivals (80-150 vendors) held four times a year on the brick streets

Dinner & a Movie – free outdoor movie nights with dinner available for purchase, held on the brick streets, four in the spring, four in the fall

Olde Towne After Dark Trivia (OTAD for short) – trivia nights at one of our local restaurants held the third Thursday of every month but November and December

 Fresh at Five Farmers Markets – held every Tuesday evening June – August

Just the Girls – ladies day out, lunch and a program or activity in one of our downtown our boulevard businesses

BBQ on the Boulevard – annual BBQ cook-off held in the  Boulevard Business District – held in October

Red Brick Roads Music and Art Festival – a partnership with the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Clinton, this event is held the 4th weekend in August on the brick streets

Cruzin’ Clinton Car Show – held the third Saturday in September, classic car show on the brick streets

Taste the Town – a partnership with the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, a restaurant night on the brick streets

Santa Claus Crawl – a scavenger hunt/shopping event held the first Thursday in December

 

All around town, decorated bicycles dress up the town. It's also seen on the city's website as their logo. What is the story behind that? When did it begin? 

The bicycles were adopted as the Main Street Clinton logo (designed by Olde Towne artist Wyatt Waters) in 2007 when the program began.  We have been using it in our marketing and the city picked it up and started using it as well.  We installed the public art projects to further “brand” our Olde Towne area. 

 

What atmosphere are these bicycles are supposed to portray? Are there any events that surround around that backstory? 

The bike that was chosen is a cruiser bike which is supposed to convey a relaxed, laid back, simpler way of life.  Most people can relate to bike rides.

 

How do you think the city of Clinton is different from other cities and areas in Mississippi? What do you think as a community the city prides itself most on?

Clinton has a great historic downtown with more brick streets than any other community in Mississippi.  Our downtown is authentic, not a modern interpretation of one.

 

If you could make any changes to Clinton or know something that would like to be improved, what would that be? 

Clinton is an amazing community with wonderful schools, churches, neighborhoods, and historic Olde Towne.  I would like to see our citizens appreciate and embrace the unique things that set us apart from other neighboring communities. 

 

 

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