The long-awaited Smathers Farmers & Public Market is officially open, and the crowd was large at the grand opening and ribbon cutting event Thursday.

Before kicking off the Smathers Market season, Pat Smathers, the former Canton Mayor and driving force behind the creation of the market, gave a heartfelt speech about the Smathers Supermarket legacy that his father and uncle began, and one that his son Zeb and grandson, Stone will carry on through the market.

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CANTON VISION — Pat Smathers, the former Canton Mayor and driving force behind the creation of the market, gave a heartfelt speech about the Smathers Supermarket legacy during the grand opening of Smathers Market on Thursday.

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