Gilmer streets alive during Yamboree Festival

Gilmer streets alive during Yamboree Festival
LES HASSELL
News
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 7:56am

Carnival rides and live music had the streets of Gilmer buzzing Thursday as the annual East Texas Yamboree Festival got underway.

Margo Trotter said she loves this time of year because it puts extra money in her pocket. She is one of many licensed vendors who sells yam sweet potatoes and other produce every year during the festival.

“The people here love sweet potatoes, and they love turkey legs,” she said. “This weekend, I’m going to sell about 500 or 600 boxes of sweet potatoes.”

While Trotter said she travels to Grand Saline to purchase her yams, she said it once was a popular item grown in Gilmer, and its prevalence led to the creation of the Yamboree. 

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