Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 17, 2012

Trade Days a success


Oct. 17, 2012 —  

To the Editor:
Thank God for answering the many prayers that went up asking for the beautiful weather that He provided despite the weatherman’s call for rain on Friday; for the safety of all workers, vendors and visitors; for the many visitors that came by to visit, eat, browse, buy, trade or just to show their encouragement and support for what we at Papaw’s Country Kitchen are attempting to do.  

Many new friends were made during the Willard Trade Days event and we pray that those friendships will continue to be enjoyed over the years to come.  As the community came together there were many old friendships renewed as many had not met for upwards of twenty years and more and many reminisced about their childhood days while growing up in Willard.  The many stages of growth and changes that have taken place in this small community over the past fifty years were the topic of many conversations held during the weekend.  There were many hopes and dreams expressed about what was needed to get and keep this small town a place to enjoy and to be proud to call home.  We at Papaw’s want to be a part of these hopes and dreams and to be a part of the community willing to work with each other to see that this is something that is very possible.

Several of our vendors asked if it were possible to set up on a smaller scale each weekend as Willard Flea Market and it was suggested that we hold annual Willard Trade Days in the spring and fall each year.  As to the first question, I see no problem with the Flea Market each weekend, as we have available space and weather permits.  Just give us a call at the restaurant between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on Mon-Wed and 10 am -8 pm on Thur-Sat.  As to the second question, Papaw will have to wait to see how long it takes him to get over this weekends event.  If the good Lord permits we will have the 2nd Annual Willard Trade Days next fall and if there appears to be enough interest we could possibly have a spring trade days early in the month of May.  Just give us a call at Papaw’s (606-474-8186) and let us know what you think about it.

In closing, I would like to apologize to any of our restaurant’s patrons for any mistakes in your orders or the length of time taken that we made during your visit.  We are far from being professional but believe me when I say that any mistakes made were from the mind and not from the heart as we hoped your visit would be memorable and that the food would remind you of the meals that you were accustomed to while growing up.  (That is, if your mother or grandmother was a good cook.)  

I would also like to thank all the Staff of volunteers at Papaw’s for the extra effort that they put out during this event.  You are beyond a doubt the most dedicated and greatest group that I have ever worked with.  Good job! 

Also deserving thanks is Myra Hogan, Editor of the Eastern Kentucky Voice, Tim Preston of the Daily Independent,  (Thanks Tim, we had many out of county visitors from Boyd and Greenup County that said they had read your fine article), and to Keith Kapppes and Leeann Akers of the Journal-Times for their coverage and support of our program.  And last, but certainly not least, I thank you Anna Kimmel and Charlie Collier for your generous contribution of the usage of your properties to allow the holding of this fun and worthwhile event.  May God Bless each and every one of you! 

Ed Caudill