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Approximately 10,000 attend Market Days

The 37th annual Mathews Market Days was a success in spite of a Friday morning downpour that had vendors scurrying to cover their wares. But the rains came and went fast, said committee member Trudy Flippin, and the sun was out for both days. She estimated that 10,000 people attended the two-day festival.

"Friday started off slow and relaxing," Flippin said, "with Saturday being the busiest day."

The Market Days Committee gave out $7,500 in grants to nine local organizations during opening ceremonies, and Market Days Committee chairman Art Dubey recognized Elva Gerlach, 98, for being the oldest vendor in Mathews Market Days. She has participated in the festival for more than 30 years.

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross), state Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) and retiring Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Middlesex) all took turns addressing the larger-than-usual Saturday morning crowd, but Morgan’s address received the warmest applause. Morgan said when he began his &quo...

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