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Grady County preparing for 100th anniversary

Cairo- The Grady County museum is asking volunteers to loan it items from the past century.

     The county's centennial anniversary has been 100 years in the making. And it's a celebration organizers promise will be a blast from the past. Centennial Chairwoman Donna Powell is asking for historical items to make the event as realistic as possible. "We're looking for items anybody would like to share with us when they're cleaning out the attic or the barn," she says.

     From an antique crocheted bedspread, to kitchen items and a spinning wheel, several pieces of memorabilia have already been donated. But fellow organizer Bill Bass says the more there is, the more real the celebration gets. "The things that have happened in those 100 years are far beyond anybody's dreams from 100 years ago," he says.

     Not only will there be items on display at the museum, the centennial board is also planning live historical displays around town. "We'll begin with a wagon train, have a big parade through town, we'll have speakers on the courthouse lawn," says Powell.

     When it's all said and done, 100 years of history will come alive once more, all thanks to the dedicated citizens of Grady County. "It's scary. Because it's huge for us. It's huge for the whole county," says Bass. "It's fun. I've had fun going out and promoting the idea of everyone getting out to celebrate," adds Powell. That's what you call sticking to your roots.

     The act creating Grady County was signed on August 17, 1905. But Bass says that since Wednesdays are no good for such a big event, the centennial kick-off celebration will be on August 20th.

Posted by stephen.ryan@walb.com

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