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Photos: A celebration of Spring

 

Ellie Junkins, 4, and her brother Jack Junkins, 5, pick out rutabagas at the Black Creek Farms booth at the Hitching Lot during the first Farmers’ Market opening Saturday. Ellie and Jack’s parents are Jacquelyn and Eric Junkins of Columbus.

Ellie Junkins, 4, and her brother Jack Junkins, 5, pick out rutabagas at the Black Creek Farms booth at the Hitching Lot during the first Farmers’ Market opening Saturday. Ellie and Jack’s parents are Jacquelyn and Eric Junkins of Columbus. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith walks the Riverwalk Saturday during the Mayor’s Walk. The walks are to empower the community and motivate better health. Behind Smith are Marty Turner and Tiffany Sturdivant of Columbus.

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith walks the Riverwalk Saturday during the Mayor’s Walk. The walks are to empower the community and motivate better health. Behind Smith are Marty Turner and Tiffany Sturdivant of Columbus.
Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Martha Rea, of Union, sets up her re-purposed glass works during Artisan’s Alley on the Tennessee Williams lawn in Columbus Saturday. Rea says she enjoys making something out of nothing.

Martha Rea, of Union, sets up her re-purposed glass works during Artisan’s Alley on the Tennessee Williams lawn in Columbus Saturday. Rea says she enjoys making something out of nothing.
Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student Melanie Barnett speaks to an audience about the anatomy of horses using the “painted horse,” a live horse with organs and a skeleton painted onto his body, at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House on Saturday afternoon.  The annual event included canine demonstrations, animals shows, and various interactive displays and activities for attendants.

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student Melanie Barnett speaks to an audience about the anatomy of horses using the “painted horse,” a live horse with organs and a skeleton painted onto his body, at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House on Saturday afternoon. The annual event included canine demonstrations, animals shows, and various interactive displays and activities for attendants.
Photo by: Mary Alice Weeks/ Dispatch Staff

 

Diwas Brown, 7, poses for a photo with a Nepalese flag during the International Fiesta held on the Drill Field at Mississippi State University on Saturday. His mother, Karyn Brown, an instructor at the university, says the event was a great opportunity for her son to learn about his native culture.

Diwas Brown, 7, poses for a photo with a Nepalese flag during the International Fiesta held on the Drill Field at Mississippi State University on Saturday. His mother, Karyn Brown, an instructor at the university, says the event was a great opportunity for her son to learn about his native culture.
Photo by: Mary Alice Weeks/Dispatch Staff

 

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Nicholas Roebuck, 2, covers as jets pass overhead while his father, Humphris Kelley, points at them during the Wings Over Columbus Air Show at Columbus Air Force Base Saturday. Nicholas’s mother is Shannon Roebuck from Columbus. CAFB officials estimated almost 45,000 turned out for Saturday’s event. The air show will continue today with the car show beginning at 8 a.m., gates opening at 9 a.m., flying displays beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the Thunderbirds performing at 12 p.m.

Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff Nicholas Roebuck, 2, covers as jets pass overhead while his father, Humphris Kelley, points at them during the Wings Over Columbus Air Show at Columbus Air Force Base Saturday. Nicholas’s mother is Shannon Roebuck from Columbus. CAFB officials estimated almost 45,000 turned out for Saturday’s event. The air show will continue today with the car show beginning at 8 a.m., gates opening at 9 a.m., flying displays beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the Thunderbirds performing at 12 p.m.
Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Runners begin the Sally Kate Winters Spring Into Action 5K in West Point on Saturday night.  The event benefited Sally Kate Winters Family Services, an organization that offers support to victims of child abuse.

Runners begin the Sally Kate Winters Spring Into Action 5K in West Point on Saturday night. The event benefited Sally Kate Winters Family Services, an organization that offers support to victims of child abuse.
Photo by: Mary Alice Weeks/Dispatch Staff

 

Capt. Matthew Riley, Capt. Robert Cowsert and Sr. Airman Seth Garvin watch the Wings Over Columbus Air Show from the top of a F-15 Strike Eagle on Saturday at Columbus Air Force Base. CAFB officials estimated almost 40,000 turned out for Saturday’s event. The air show will continue today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Capt. Matthew Riley, Capt. Robert Cowsert and Sr. Airman Seth Garvin watch the Wings Over Columbus Air Show from the top of a F-15 Strike Eagle on Saturday at Columbus Air Force Base. CAFB officials estimated almost 40,000 turned out for Saturday’s event. The air show will continue today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Mississippi State University music professor Robert Damm performs with an African Drum Ensemble featuring Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members during the International Fiesta held on the Drill Field at Mississippi State University on Saturday afternoon. The annual event features performances, food tents and art from the many countries represented at Mississippi State and in Starkville.

Mississippi State University music professor Robert Damm performs with an African Drum Ensemble featuring Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members during the International Fiesta held on the Drill Field at Mississippi State University on Saturday afternoon. The annual event features performances, food tents and art from the many countries represented at Mississippi State and in Starkville.
Photo by: Mary Alice Weeks/Dispatch Staff

 

Patti Gildea, of Columbus, looks through Sharon Foster’s painted and printed cards for sale at the Artisan’s Alley sale at the Tennessee Williams home in downtown Columbus.

Patti Gildea, of Columbus, looks through Sharon Foster’s painted and printed cards for sale at the Artisan’s Alley sale at the Tennessee Williams home in downtown Columbus.
Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Sheila Clark, of Columbus, purchases peach preserves from Patrick Gard at the Spurlock Farms booth during the first Farmers’ Market of the season at the Hitching Lot in Columbus on Saturday.

Sheila Clark, of Columbus, purchases peach preserves from Patrick Gard at the Spurlock Farms booth during the first Farmers’ Market of the season at the Hitching Lot in Columbus on Saturday.
Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Mississippi State employee Dante Hill and his son, Camden Hill, 3, get an up-close view of the “painted horse,” a live horse with organs and a skeleton painted onto his body, at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House on Saturday afternoon. The annual event included canine demonstrations, animals shows, and various interactive displays and activities for attendants.

Mississippi State employee Dante Hill and his son, Camden Hill, 3, get an up-close view of the “painted horse,” a live horse with organs and a skeleton painted onto his body, at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House on Saturday afternoon. The annual event included canine demonstrations, animals shows, and various interactive displays and activities for attendants.
Photo by: Mary Alice Weeks/Dispatch Staff

 

Native Sri Lankans tend to their food tent during the International Fiesta held on the Drill Field at Mississippi State University on Saturday afternoon. The annual event features performances, food tents and art from the many countries represented at Mississippi State and in Starkville.

 

 

 

A couple of weeks after the official arrival of Spring, people all across the Golden Triangle celebrated the season by taking in some of the seven major events held Saturday. Beginning at 7 a.m. with the opening of the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus to 6 p.m. with the annual running of the Sally Kate Winters 5K race in West Point, there seemed to be an event to appeal to every interest. Dispatch photojournalists Mary Alice Weeks and Luisa Porter spent the day touring the Golden Triangle, capturing scenes of a truly wonderful Spring day.

 

 

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