By Cristi McKee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla — On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Tallahassee’s oldest country store, Bradley’s Country Store, announced that their annual Bradley’s Fun Day would not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 concerns. The store would have celebrated their 50th Fun Day event this November.
Bradley’s Fun Days are typically filled with locally-produced food for sale, performances by local artists and dance groups, activities for the kids, and an abundance of arts and crafts made by local artisans and vendors.
The decision to cancel this year’s highly-anticipated event did not come lightly. “During this past year, we have said “Goodbye” to the last surviving members of the 2nd generation of Bradley’s Country Store: Mrs. Lillian Janette Bradley, wife of Mr. Frank Benton Bradley, and Mrs. Mamie Paige, sister to Frank and daughter to our founder, Mr. Lawrence Edward Bradley Senior,” the store shared in a press release on Facebook. “We had high hopes of celebrating their lives as well as 50 years of wonderful family and fun with all of you.”
After seeking the advice of local officials, and seeing many other large events get canceled, choosing not to host this year’s Fun Day seemed like the best option for the store.
The store’s new focus will be on planning a “bigger and better” Fun Day event for next year. In the meantime, the country store is open and functioning under new hours of business, which can be found online, here. You can keep up-to-date with next year’s event by “liking” Bradley’s Country Store on Facebook, here.