CRYSTAL SPRINGS TO JOIN MS MAIN STREET
On Thursday, Feb. 5, the city of Crystal Springs, Miss., became an official Mississippi Main Street Community.
An excited crowd of citizens packed into The Wisteria Inn downtown for the designation ceremony.
"I'm beyond excited about Mississippi Main Street coming to Crystal Springs," said Sally Garland, Mayor of Crystal Springs. "I've seen the success of Main Street in other cities and towns."
"We look forward with eager anticipation to the wonderful progress the city of Crystal Springs will make with the help of Mississippi Main Street," Garland said.
Speakers at the designation included: Honorable Sally Garland, Mayor of Crystal Springs; Linda Phillips, Crystal Springs Main Street Director; Sonny Thomas, Asset Development Division, Mississippi Development Authority; and Bob Wilson, Executive Director, MMSA.
"The MMSA staff and I are so excited about working with Crystal Springs," said Bob Wilson, MMSA Executive Director.
"They have a diverse and committed board, an extremely energetic and focused mayor, great leadership in the Main Street director position and one thing that is so unique--the upfront cost associated with Crystal Springs coming into the Main Street program was raised totally throughout the community with mostly $100 - $200 pledges."
"That kind of community support and buy-in will mean great things for Main Street Crystal Springs!" Wilson added.
Main Street Crystal Springs hosted a reception at The Wisteria Inn following the designation. The reception food included iced mini cupcakes in the shape of tomatoes for the town known in history as "the tomato capital of the world."
The Mississippi Main Street Association will return to Crystal Springs on March 17-19 to conduct a Main Street charrette for the city, a design program which will provide a road map of projects recommended to enhance the downtown and improve the entire city.
Jeannie Zieren, MMSA Community Relations director
ABOUT CRYSTAL SPRINGS
Crystal Springs is a quaint town with many beautiful, historical homes and buildings. It has a rich history with strong roots of many generations. It is a culturally-diverse community of warm, friendly people.
Crystal Springs was once the Tomato Capitol of the World. It was formerly known as Tomatopolis. It was a very prosperous agricultural community until the mid-1940s.
We have a population of about 5,000. We are a bedroom community located about 30 miles South of Jackson. We are home to the Robert Johnson Museum. Johnson was a well-known blues musician, especially popular and controversial for his song “Crossroads,” which was made famous by the movie “O’ Brother Where Art Thou?”. Johnson’s family still resides here.
Crystal Springs is the home of another famous bluesman, Tommy Johnson (no relation). A section of Highway 51 through town was recently renamed the Tommy Johnson Blues Memorial Highway.
Located just off of I-55 at the entrance to downtown Crystal Springs is the beautiful, historic Chautauqua Park. The park is a 74-acre woodland with a 35-acre lake. The history of the park dates back to the late 1800’s and began as a result of The Chautauqua Movement. It is also the birthplace of the first Mississippi Conference of the Parent Teacher Association.
The park recently hosted its first “Fall Bazaar” which featured local artisans, musicians and craftsmen. It was well received and will be an annual fall event.
Crystal Springs is also home to the famous “Tomato Festival”, which is held every year on the last Saturday in June. The Friday night festival kick-off festivities.
includes the crowning of the “Tomato Queen”, the Blue Gene Bar-B Que, music and street dancing. The Tomato Festival also features a farmers market in the morning and many craft and food vendors.
Our city of Crystal Springs is thrilled about becoming a Main Street Community. We have seen the success of this program and we are looking forward to the many positive aspects of this venture.
Our Mayor, Sally Garland, is a Crystal Springs native who loves her hometown and the people here. She is a strong advocate for Main Street and she will continue to assist in every area.
We know that the Mississippi Main Street Association has the expertise, knowledge and visionaries that will help to get us on the right course.
Linda Phillips, Main Street director
View Main Street Crystal Springs photo gallery.