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McKENZIE — Pope’s Concessions of Greenfield set up several of its food trailers at the McKenzie Plaza shopping center over the weekend.The business, which has provided concessions and …
McKENZIE — Pope’s Concessions of Greenfield set up several of its food trailers at the McKenzie Plaza shopping center over the weekend.
The business, which has provided concessions and rides for events in the region for 90 years, was deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Owner Jane Pope, who runs the business with her son, James Ray Pope and other family members, told The Banner that many of the fairs, festivals and other events in which Pope’s usually participate were canceled. She noted Kentucky canceled all of its fairs, and one of their other major annual events in Lebanon, Tennessee has also been foregone.
Events closer to home canceled include the Strawberry Festival in Humboldt, the World’s Biggest Fish Fry in Paris and Pope’s own Fiddlestick Festival in Greenfield.
Fortunately, she says, most of the fairs in west Tennessee are still set to occur, but that depends on the conditions as the events approach.
To keep the business running and to provide some of the beloved treats people are missing, Pope’s has set up some of its concession trailers in towns including McKenzie, Trenton, Milan, Humboldt, Union City and Alamo, though Pope laments that their many rides must sit idle.
Pope noted that the business is also giving back by giving a percentage of profits to food pantries and other charities in the towns where they set up.
Pope said, “We feel for those that have been sick, and we feel for those that haven’t been able to do anything during this time.”