A Tribute To
S T E V E
C H E S T E R
A marketplace is only as vibrant as
the people who gather to share their
talents, their labor, their enthusiasm
and their love for the community –
the vendors, the farmers, the
shoppers, and the folks who want to
be a part of the fellowship the
market provides. Through this
neighbor to neighbor contact,
comradery and reciprocity become
the basis for a culture of giving,
sharing and sustaining the
cooperative. Creating this exchange
is the job of volunteers who can be
counted on for being consistently
joyful and kind as they go about
their work making certain that each
market day is a memorable one.
Ten years ago, when the Mainstreet Farmers Market was just an ambitious idea for Statesboro, Steve Chester was a believer and an encourager. He came each Saturday morning, as the sun rose, and helped vendors pull out plants and produce and crafts and baked goods from their cars, trucks and trailers. He was available where ever and whenever needed. He saw the benefits of the Market for the community and looked for ways to improve the exchange.
Steve’s gift was his music. He knew that music would bring folks into the Market and keep them there shopping and he was right. He made certain that the Market had access to playlists that he recorded just for market days. Steve was a talented musician and knew many other music makers in our region.
He pulled together an array of entertain men teach Saturday. The Market became the scene for bands, acoustic guitar players, blues performers, folk music and gospel singers, drum circles, and swing and square dancers. Always, music filled the air around our market and spilled out onto Mainstreet.
Steve was a shopper so the Market was a natural place for him to be! He loved to purchase from each vendor every Saturday. He enjoyed the products and the foods but more than that, it made him very happy to know that vendors were making a sale.
What we will remember the most about Steve is that he was a wonderful ambassador for our community through our Market. Many will remember his broad smile, his twinkling blue eyes and his genuine interest in each and every person he greeted. He was so proud of what had been accomplished. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on in the music, in the giving, and in the sharing of the Market community he helped to create.