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Tift County celebrates 100 years

August 17, 2005

Tifton- With the help of a little folk music and vintage clothing, Tift Countians took a step back into time during the centennial festival.

"I think it's neat. The history and everything is real neat. I like looking at old artifacts and everything from the county. It's fun," says Staci Soliday.

"In 1905 on August 17th Governor Joseph Terrell signed the order that initiated and made Tift County out of Berrien, Irwin and Worth counties," says event organizer, John Tibbetts.

Festival-goers got a chance to see a re-enactment of that order being signed by then-Governor Joseph Terrell.

The county was named in honor of Nelson Tift, the man who founded Albany, but during the event the county commission also issued a proclamation adding Henry Harding Tift as an official namesake.

"Anytime you make it a hundred years you need to celebrate that's a long milestone," says chairman of the Tift County board of commissioners Grady Thompson.

Booths were set up by dozens of groups giving people a look at the county's black history and education.

"We really want folks to reflect on 100 years, not just what happened in 1905, but what has happened since and leading up to today," says Tibbetts.

As they take a look back, county leaders say they will also focus on the future of building a better community over the next 100 years.

The centennial celebration will continue with "Saturday Night Sketches: The Play" on August 18th through the 21st. It will be held at Tift Theatre at 8:00 PM and 3:00 PM on Sunday.

The Centennial Parade of Champions will be held on August 26th at Brodie field during the Tift County High School football game.

A Centennial Concert featuring country music star Mark Wills will be held on September 3rd. It will be at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center at 7:00 PM.

Centennial Agricultural, Education, and Science Tours will be given on September 11th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be exhibits, displays, and demonstrations at NESPAL, ABAC and the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station.

The centennial celebration grand finale will feature 100 years of sacred music on October 16th also at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The time is to be announced at a later date.

For more information about any of the events contact John Tibbetts at 229-848-3067.

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