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5th Annual “Bloomin’ on the Square” held Saturday

The 5th Annual “Shelby County Bloomin’ on the Square” was held Saturday, April 11 on the 1885 Historic Courthouse Square in Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event was presented by Hughes Florist.

  Vendors had booths set up with both information and wares to sell: db Metal Art, featuring metal yard art; Mark Carpenter of The Lily Farm shared his expertise on the care of  day lilies and had a selection of the flowering plants available for purchase; Texas Forest Service offered information on having a “Fire-Wise Landscape”. Other vendors included The Little Fox Marketplace, Nacogdoches Pottery and Backwoods Buggies. Sassy Red’s Bakery offered up their delicious cupcakes, and Daisy Treats dished homemade ice cream.

  The Hope Clinic of Tenaha had a table set up with coloring pages for different age groups of children to color for a contest.

  Andrew King of King’s Nursery in Tenaha gave a talk at 10 a.m. on “Landscaping for Birds and Butterflies.” King is a fourth-generation of nurseryman who co-manages King’s Nursery with his mother, Cheryl King, grandmother, Margaret Freeman, and brother, Aaron King.

  Andrew graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2004 with a B.S. in horticulture and earned a M.S. in horticulture in 2010 from Texas A&M University.

  At 11 a.m., Center Mayor David Chadwick spoke to the assembled crowd prior to the scheduled Butterfly Release. The butterflies are released in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and are sponsored by Shelby County Child Advocacy Center. Mayor Chadwick gave instructions about warming the triangular packets in which the butterflies rest before release into the air. At his word, children and adults carefully and gently opened the paper packets, and the butterflies fluttered up into the sky. Just as with every living creature, some take longer to “find their wings” and go. They are a beautiful sight, and they are fragile, as children are.

 The last scheduled activity was the “What Did the Fox Say?” Tea Party for the youngsters.

The day could not have been more perfect for this outdoor event.

View more pictures from this event by clicking HERE.