U. G. White's Ully Fest

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Shaun Doughty holds his first place winning pumpkin at the Ully Fest!

Shaun began carving on his entry around 8:AM Saturday morning to enter the Ully Festival pumpkin carving contest and finished around 2:PM. Shaun won a $300 shopping spree in U. G. Whites for his winning design.

Ully Fest is in honor of the original owner, Ulysses Grant White a farmer and business owner that founded the store in 1917. Born in 1876, he tragically lost his right arm in a gin accident in 1902. In an Alabama Courier article from October 22, 1902, his friends and family stated that “U.G. White, with one arm, is worth more than lots of fellows in a community with two.” White persevered until his death in 1952.

“We want to celebrate new product lines and reintroduce the store to those that haven’t been in in awhile,” said owner Derrick Young. The upstairs of the store showcases Woolrich, Filson and Patagonia clothing, outer wear, hats and luggage.

Stop by and visit the new addition to U. G. White Mercantile on the corner of Jefferson and Market Streets.

Teresa Todd
October 15th, 2011