from staff reports
The Meridian Star
Meridian Main Street's Belgian Mare mascot, always a crowd favorite at the Earth's Bounty Festival, will be back in her pen Saturday as Main Street and the Greater Meridian Health Clinic host what promises to be a bountiful market and community festival.
Tipping the scales at a massive 2,100 pounds and standing 19 hands high (that's more than six feet to the uninitiated), her name, Tiny, belies her size.
"I named her that because she's just so huge," said Kim Blanton, director of Coyote Hills Equine Rescue and Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Chunky, where Tiny lives. After Tiny's rescue from inhumane conditions, she was featured in a downtown Meridian Christmas Parade where the horse enchanted spectators, especially the children. A Main Street official approached Blanton and asked if Tiny could serve as the organization's mascot.
Coyote Hills will once again feature Tiny at Saturday's Earth's Bounty. The organization, dedicated to saving abused and neglected horses and to providing horse riding experiences for people with disabilities, relies heavily on donations for its work and accepts contributions at each Earth's Bounty Festival and at other public appearances.
Saturday's festival will also feature an abundance of peaches. A Peaches-N-Pits competition will feature five contestants who will score points by eating into peaches to retrieve the pits, then throwing the pits into buckets to score points. The market will also be overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, along with homemade products like baked goods, jams and jellies, soaps, candles, dried fruits and vegetables and more.
Greater Meridian Health Clinic will offer four free screenings. They include weight and Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, dental screening and vision screening.
The festival runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month during the growing season. Festival grounds are at Singing Brakeman Park on Front Street, adjacent to Union Station in downtown Meridian.
For more information, contact Meridian Main Street at 601-693-7480.