Vicky Brush and her sister Kim Brush sat at their booth in the rear of Trigg Tropics Tanning.

Surrounded by the colorful poinsettias, candles and other handmade items of their craft, they greeted customers during the community’s inaugural Mingle & Jingle.

“It’s been busy,” noted Vicky Brush of the recent event that gave people an opportunity to visit local businesses and vendors while getting in a little Christmas shopping.

Prospective customers began dropping by for their goodie bags even before the shopping got under way on Saturday morning, said Beth Sumner, the membership director for the Trigg County Chamber of Commerce.

Sumner set up in front of the Renaissance Stage on Main Street to hand out the bags, which were filled with coupons, gift cards and other items, and the bags were quickly gone.

The chamber partnered with Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism to sponsor the Mingle & Jingle, which featured 28 businesses and vendors from throughout the community, everything from Wildcat Chevrolet on Hopkinsville Road to Cadiz Ace Hardware on Cardinal Drive and Mildred’s Flowers on Main Street.

Several vendors also set up shop in both the Janice Mason Art Museum and Trigg Tropics.

Tanning salon owner Melissa Long said quite a few people visited her business on Saturday.

“Being a first year, I think it’s done really good,” she noted of the Mingle & Jingle.

Long said it was also good to have other vendors in her location to bring more people in to see the craft work that artisans do.

Set up in the back room of the salon, Vicky and Kim Brush were selling their handmade wares repurposed from items such as bed springs, old doors and Mason jars.

Together the two sisters operate their All Brushed Up venture, and Kim Brush said Mingle & Jingle was their first Kentucky show.

She said she liked the event.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to showcase businesses and vendors,” she noted.

Cowboy Kettle Corn owner Brent Houston said he’s taken part in Cadiz events for years, and he said the recent event went well.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for the people to get out and enjoy what Cadiz has to offer, and then they get to come over here and enjoy some super great food,” Houston said.

Wanda Calhoun, who owns Mildred’s Flowers with husband Ralph Calhoun, said the event was about getting people out in the community to “see what’s here,” she said.

“We hope they’ll want to do more things in downtown Cadiz (and) support local,” said Calhoun, referring to a campaign encouraging people to support their local merchants.

Out and about with her family, Kathy Johnson said she did plan to visit most of the businesses and vendors in the event.

She said the Mingle & Jingle was a really good idea and gave people a chance to walk around and see what the businesses offer.

“I like to try to shop in Cadiz,” said Debbie Armstrong as she stopped by to pick up her goodie bag. “It helps the merchants. It’s just a good thing to do.”

From her vantage point on the sidewalk in front of the Renaissance Stage, Sumner chatted with passers-by and suggested places they could visit on their shopping excursion.

One place had tons of cute stuff, she urged one shopper, adding that a particular food vendor had a menu item she might want to try.

“You really need to go check them all out,” Sumner noted of the participants in this past weekend’s Mingle & Jingle holiday event, a first in the community.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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