For years, Morgan’s iconic Commercial Street was home to “Morgan’s Cruz’n Classics,” a car rally that was enjoyed by both residents and out-of-towners alike. It is an event that has been missed by the community since its departure two years ago.
Last weekend, the void was filled by the first Commercial Street Market and Car Rally co-sponsored by Morgan City and the Morgan Chamber of Commerce. The event was carefully planned by Morgan’s own wonder twins, Shayla Hurlbut and Britanee Garner, Morgan City Economic Development Coordinator and Morgan Chamber of Commerce Secretary.
No one knows where the duo gets all their energy, but these two power houses really know how to organize a successful event. 45 rally cars decorated the street along with food trucks, market vendors, sidewalk sales and live music.
With 23 vendors and multiple sidewalk sales from local businesses, the street contained a wide variety of shopping experiences for the masses. “I really enjoyed seeing smiles on many faces, including moms dancing with their kids, shoppers enjoying the businesses and vendors, and the car owners as they proudly displayed their classic and new cars,” beamed Hurlbut.
Food trucks included: Waffle Wagon, Fizz, Heidi Cakes,
But the trucks did not take business away from the local restaurateurs. Debs was hopping and Grounds for Coffee owner Shauna Walker said, “We loved it!! Business was great all night. Although we had a lot of our regular customers in, we saw some new faces too. We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback and several people are asking when the next one will be. Great job Morgan!”
Larry Wiggill, proprietor of Front Street Gifts and Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn, sponsored free train rides for the children in attendance. The Golden Spike Choo Choo carried happy faces in circles and figure eights along the west end of the street just past the array of chalk art that adorned Commercial Street in front of Morgan Valley Crafts and the Browning Outlet.
Many young, budding artists sketched their imaginative drawings along the street to kick off the event. Later in the evening, you could hear proud youth pointing out their works of art to friends and relatives who had joined them along the way.
Live music was provided by Dizzy Desoto. Market goers filled the chairs and danced in groups in front of the sparkly new stage that was lit with mood lighting as the band performed adding the perfect ambience to the evening.
Morgan Music Academy owner Miriam Hone loved the switch to an evening market. “I thought it was awesome. The weather was pleasant and the vibe of the band with the lights going was fabulous.”
Many market attendees agreed with Hone commenting that it was great to have something to do with their friends and families in the evening without having to go “down below.”
“On behalf of Morgan City, we want to thank the community for their support and for coming out to enjoy the event,” shared Hurlbut. “The love of our community is why we do what we do for events. It’s awesome to live in Morgan County!”
Hurlbut extended her heartfelt thanks to all those who assisted with the evening including: Mayor Ray Little and Councilman Tony London (parking & set up); Albert Wilde (vendor check-in); Brittany Hurlbut Bean and Jeff Hurlbut (antique car check in and parking); City staff assisting with shutting off the road and stage set up and clean up including Matt Stuart, Chris Hansen, Freddi De Los Santos, Bernie Carter, Klayton Pentz and Warren Welton; Adam and Shauna Walker (set up); Larry Wiggill (sponsoring the train for kids and meals for the band); Melissa Platt (sidewalk chalk contest and printing posters and car show displays); The Morgan County News (advertising) and all those who came out to support it.
“It takes many hands to pull off an event like this and we are so grateful to you all!” concluded Hurlbut.
Because of the success of this market, next year Morgan will be host to a motorcycle rally as well. Hurlbut welcomes any suggestions residents may have in regard to this event. As she mentioned, many hands, hearts and heads are needed to make an event like this successful. Please contact her at the city office if you are willing to volunteer with this, or any other event.
The next scheduled event will be the much anticipated Ol’ Time Christmas on Commercial Street scheduled for Dec. 3.