The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
Scarecrows are popping up along Port Neches Avenue heralding in not only autumn but the revival of Trade Days on the Avenue.
There’s Esther Macha’s Bob Marley scarecrow over at The Cherry Tree, a tie-dye T-shirt wearing scarecrow over at Seven Sister’s and an old fashioned overall wearing scarecrow over at Mike’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain.
The scarecrows will later join together — with help of their owners, in a scarecrow patch for photo opportunities during upcoming Trade Days event, Debbie Plaia, executive director of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, said. The event is sponsored by the Avenue Merchants and Friends and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19.
Avenue shops will be open, there will be live music and Cannibals Car Club will be on hand as well. There will also be arts and crafts, antiques and food. Persons interesting in being a vendor can call Macha at 722-4848.
“The Port Neches Chamber of Commerce is very excited to announce the return of Trade Days on the Avenue,” Plaia said.
Trade Days has been on hiatus for some time due to reconstruction of Port Neches Avenue. The original roadway project began in September 2011 and was completed a little more than a year later. Merchants still opened their doors and welcomed patrons who parked along side streets while the work was underway while some events, such as a Christmas parade, was moved to a different location due to the work.
Earlier this year the city set aside funding for work on Port Neches Avenue including the replacement of sidewalk and installation of ornamental lighting.
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