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Hundred Still Seeks Interest In Event

By Staff | Mar 28, 2012

Virgil Wilkins, left, times how long a participant can hold out a hoe during his classic games at last year’s Independence Day event.

Despite poor attendance at their first organizational meeting, a few citizens spoke at the Hundred Town Council meeting March 19 who are interested in preserving the Hundred Independence Day Celebration set for July 7.

Christina Hostutler, Karen Longwell, Sandra Perkins, and Michelle Wise said they didn’t want to see the tradition end.

Hostutler, Longwell, and Perkins are already planning the third annual Miss and Mr. Liberty pageants and they primarily wanted to know if there was going to be a celebration at the park with which to hold the pageant. With or without a town-wide celebration, they still plan to hold the pageant somewhere.

“We just basically want to know if the Fourth of July thing is still going to go on,” said Wise. “It’s a shame that people want this stuff to go on, but they don’t want to step up and help.”

“We don’t want it to die down either, but we have to have people to work on it,” said Councilwoman Johanna Lemasters. “We have to have people to carry through on those plans.”

The women said they knew Virgil Wilkins would still do his games and the hot dog eating contest is still a possibility. Councilman Josh Cecil previously said he was going to organize the parade. The town will take care of the fireworks. Carroll Cumberledge will reportedly still contact the antique car owners to possibly come. Councilman Charles Himelrick said he may be able to get Civil War re-enactors to come to the event, which all thought was a great idea.

“You could still do something” encouraged Longwell to the town.

“It’s better to have something than nothing at all,” said Hostutler.

Lemasters and the four women said they would get the word out to organizations to hopefully have some food booths. They brainstormed about maybe having a flea market or t-ball and softball games on that day.

Anyone who wants to set up a food, craft, or other kind of booth is encouraged to contact Recorder Sherry Hayes at the town building, 304-775-5131.

Also, anyone who is interested in helping in any way to make the day a success is asked to attend a meeting at the town hall on April 9 at 7 p.m.