Jingle Bell Market canceled for 2020

Special to SW Rankin News

For those southwest Rankin residents who, each year, have looked forward to early December to attend one of the most popular holiday events of the season, the annual “Jingle Bell Market,” the Pearl Chamber of Commerce (PCC) has made the sad but necessary decision to cancel plans for this annual event. The special holiday event was going to be celebrating a ten year anniversary, but instead, due to the ongoing pandemic; amidst the frequently changing circumstances as well as the current state and federal regulations in regards to large gatherings in indoor areas, it simply wouldn't come together.

According to Carrie Frierdich, the Member Services Director of PPC, it might be possible to hold this huge event at a venue such as Trustmark Park in Pearl. However, the reality is that these types of events must be scheduled, space reserved and the details tweaked well in advance to make it a success and there simply wasn't time or resources...not to mention a plan of action in case of inclement weather in an outdoor arena.

It is the hope of the Pearl Chamber of Commerce that the 2021 Jingle Bell Market will be on scheduled as planned, to be held, where it always has been in the past, at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl, Mississippi. The PCC would like to express their feelings thus, “We look forward to 2021 and pray that the COVID virus is no longer the serious issue that it is today and that our lives are much more normal by then.”

Stay tuned.

Pearl Chamber of Commerce is located at 110 Lonnie Jenkins Drive in Pearl. Kathy Deer is the Executive Director, Katie Watson is the Administrative Assistant and Carrie Frierdich is the Member Services Director. For further information contact the Pearl Chamber of Commerce at 601-939-3338 or email at pearlchamberofcommerce@pearlms.org.

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