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Last Third Thursday of the year

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - It was the last Third Thursday of the year at Dumont Plaza in Downtown Meridian.

President of Meridian Council of the Arts, Deborah Martin, described it as a fun, family affair.

“Well, the Meridian Council for the Arts decided about five years ago, right before the pandemic that we would present Third Thursday to the community as a free event, just to give back to the community. Because they support us and a lot of things that we do. And it’s just something that we wanted to do and we’re continuing to do it,” said Martin.

The evening featured food trucks, snow cones, music from the likes of Sparrow Broughton and the Blues Messengers, and even a Table Tennis Challenge.

“Table tennis for the State Games for 17 years and get families together to play together and interact together. So much going on so we need that family time,“ said James Hear, Commissioner.

Along with the ping pong tournament, Hearn also awarded that were donated, as well as $100 for whoever could beat him in a match.

Though this will be the last Third Thursday until April of next year, the Meridian Council for the Arts isn’t packing it in just yet. It will have Opera Birmingham come to the Meridian Little Theatre Oct. 20 to perform a children’s opera. It will also be a free event.

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