200 years — and counting!

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Morgan County celebrates milestone birthday

By Michelle Hollenhead

Morgan County kicked off its next 100 years in grand style Saturday by honoring its historic past, while also acknowledging its spectacular present and its future.

A somber ceremony kicked off the events, with the Morgan County Choral Society, the Honor Guard of the American Legion Post No. 149, Cub Scout Vincent Alfini, Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bridget DeFee, State Sen Ken Yager, state Rep. John Mark Windle, and historian Vera Scarbrough, all playing a part.

Organizers made sure to include the next generation by holding an essay contest and a poster contest among Morgan County Schools. Both contests had 100 entries each, and all winners were honored during opening ceremonies.

The celebration kicked into high gear at 3 p.m., with games — including a cornhole tournament put on the Morgan County Democrats — a car show, food – such as regionally-renowned steak sandwiches from the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association – along with live music and an historical play reenactment by WCHS students.

A parade hit the streets at 5 p.m., and the evening concluded with a concert by Fairview Union and fireworks that filled the sky.

What a great transition into the next hundred years! Please see addition Festival pictures on Page 3.