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Climax celebrates centennial

October 07, 2005

Climax, Georgia-- On Saturday, the city of Climax will celebrate its centennial.

In just a few years, long time residents Willie Jeter and Lucille Flettcher will celebrate theirs. "I'm 94 years old the eighteenth day of this past May," says Jeter. "We moved to Climax in the Fall of 1924," adds Flettcher.

A lot has changed since the aunt and niece moved to the city of about 300, mostly because of bigger cities around it. "Businesses closed, a lot of people have moved out, and other people have moved in," says Jeter. "We hadn't got but one, two stores now," adds Flettcher.

Even the freight trains by pass Climax now. It used to be a railroad hub. What's worth stopping for though, is Saturday's celebration. "We will have various activities that the children can enjoy. We have games, vendors will be here set up with different foods," says centennial committee volunteer, Barbara Pugh.

Climax's claim to fame is its annual "Swine Time" Festival and Flag Day celebration. But they're not what make the city so special. The people do that. "We cherish the community, because we've always been together, no problems of crime, it's a good place to live, great place to live," says Pugh.

So much, that each of these women are here to stay. "My heart is here. I want to keep my roots alive," says Pugh. "I know I'm going to have to give it up cause I can't live forever," says Flettcher. "This is home," adds Jeter. Endless happiness in a city that's only eight tenths of a square mile big.

The celebration kicks off tomorrow morning at 10:00 at the city park. It ends around five.

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