2018-12-06 / Front Page

Society thankful for successful Pioneer day; will host inaugural ‘Christmas in the Park’


Gary Edwards (second from right) presented the winners of the Pio­neer Day Car Show Peoples Choice awards to (l-r) Sue and Warren Reynolds, first place ($100), for their blue 1929 Ford Model A Road­ster; and Norman Acton, second place ($50), for his green 1930 Ford Model A Sedan. Gary Edwards (second from right) presented the winners of the Pio­neer Day Car Show Peoples Choice awards to (l-r) Sue and Warren Reynolds, first place ($100), for their blue 1929 Ford Model A Road­ster; and Norman Acton, second place ($50), for his green 1930 Ford Model A Sedan. “We had a great Pioneer Day, and we are following it up with our in­augural Christmas in the Park from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, December 15,” said Lincoln County Historical So­ciety President Lamar Wade. “We had the largest crowd in memory and the community really turned out to help. We had a wonderful assort­ment of donated baked goods and other handmade items in the country store. The food and entertainment was great, and I think everyone had a wonderful time.”

The winners of the Peoples Choice awards in the Pioneer Day antique tractor and car shows were: first place cars ($100) Warren and Sue Reynolds with their blue 1929 Ford Model A Roadster; second place cars ($50) Norman Acton with a green 1930 Ford Model A; first place trac­tors ($100) Andy and Pepper Shields with a 1934 John Deere Model A; second place tractors ($50) Buddy Hawes with a 1926 McCormick Deering. “We had a great turn-out of antique cars mostly from the Old 96 Model A car club, but we didn’t get as many tractors as I was expecting – but I bet we’ll have plenty next year after they hear about the People’s Choice awards,” said Vice President Gary Edwards.


Gary Edwards (far right) presented winners Andy and Pepper Shields with a check for $100 for taking first prize with their 1934 John Deere Model A in the antique tractor show. Gary Edwards (far right) presented winners Andy and Pepper Shields with a check for $100 for taking first prize with their 1934 John Deere Model A in the antique tractor show. Shifting to Christmas, the Soci­ety invites children and adults alike to the Christmas in the Park event. Guests will see the Lincoln County Historical Park festively decorated in the traditional fashion and will see the “Grand Illumination” as the group walks from building to building singing Christmas carols as each is illuminated. The park will progress from quiet and unlit to completely illuminated and full of music. Hot cocoa, coffee and cook­ies will be available and after the il­lumination there will be caroling in the pavilion. “I really wanted to do a Christmas event, said Wade, and Deborah Stone, Julie Ilhardt, and Louise Waters really stepped up to put it all together. It’s a first, so we’ll see how the turnout goes, but I know it will be fun. It’s free, it’s open to the public, and we’d like to see ev­erybody there.”

Basking in the afterglow of Pio­neer Day, the Society wants to thank the members of the community who contributed their time, money, handmade items and baked goods to make it a success. “There are certain groups of people who were vital to our success. The work of our Board of Directors was indispensable, and I personally appreciate the entertain­ers who donated their time on Pio­neer Day. Additionally, we thank the businesses that supported the event. I also want to thank Mayor Henry Brown for his welcoming words in our opening ceremony,” Wade said. The Society’s Board of Director members are: Nina Albea, Dwaine Biggerstaff, Lindy Byrd, Clarence Bouknight, Dr. Rickey Edmond, Nobie Dean Hawes, Julie Ilhardt, Deborah Stone, Don Thomas, Pat Thomas and Louise Waters. The family entertainment was provided by David Donehoo and the Hillbil­lies in Training String Band, the Epps Family, the Southern Bluegrass Band, Double Branches Baptist Church, Lisa Hutton, Christi White­head, and Amy Griffin; the Rev. Bart Grey acted as Master of Ceremonies. The businesses that helped put on the event were Beggs Funeral home and Rees Funeral home (tents), Time Transportation and Leasing (golf carts), Advanced Disposal (waste removal), Clark’s Portable Toilets (Portalets including handicapped ac­cessible), McWhorter Logging (logs and hauling), Southeast Armory (raffle), and Reed Ice (ice).

One of the initiatives of President Wade has been a Building Sponsor­ship Program which has been very popular for local businesses. For a nominal fee, businesses get to dis­play their support for the Lincoln County Historical Society with a sponsorship sign on a building of their choice, and they also receive a sponsorship acknowledgement to display at their place of business. Edwards stated, “Our president’s vision to initiate the Building Spon­sorship Program has been a great in­novation; not only has it brought us some additional funding, but prob­ably more importantly it has given us stronger ties to all areas of the community.”

The following are sponsors in this program: Barksdale Timber Com­pany, Beggs Funeral Home, Bells Food Market, City of Lincolnton, Clarks Portable Toilets, Cliatt Cross­ing, Commercial Insurance Servic­es, Cox Brothers Builders, Craw­ford and Breazeale Drug Co., Doc & Flow Pursley, Double Branches Baptist Church (in Honor of Wyatt and Nina Albea), F&M Bank, Farm­ers State Bank, Fast Times Conve­nience Stores Inc., First Assembly of God (in Honor of Helen Burke), Georgia Freshwater Parks, Goldman & Wengrow Clothing Store, Hard­ee’s, H&H Industrial Maintenance, Helios Equine Rehabilitation Center, Homepride Properties Realty, Intel­lisystems, Johnson Equipment (JE) Rentals, J&T Service Center, Lee Builders, James L. Lemley, MD, Lincoln County Government, Lin­colnton Lions Club, Lincolnton Out­doors, The Friendship Sunday School Class of Lincolnton United Method­ist Church (In Memory of Ben and Mobley Ross), Lively Floor Cover­ings, Luckey Printing Co, Mattison & Associates – Surveyors, Milky Way Freeze Bar, McWhorter Log­ging, Reed Ice/Cylinder Exchange, Reed Trucking Inc/Reed Propane Gas, R&W Auto Parts, Sparkle Wash Laundromat & Car Wash, Spratlin Hardware & Building Supply, and Thomson Concrete.

President Wade stated in closing, “Every year we try to improve Pio­neer Day just a little bit; we’ve been working on shortening the lines for the apple fritters and Southern Cook­ing and we’ve had good success with that. Next year it will be on Novem­ber 23 and I want all our volunteers and participants to put it on your cal­endar now – you won’t want to miss it! And put our Christmas in the Park evening on your calendar too!”

The Lincoln County Historical So­ciety meets on the first Wednesday of the month at noon; guests are always welcome, new members are espe­cially welcome! Some of the mem­bers are at the park every Wednes­day morning to do maintenance on the park. The Lewis Family Pavilion and the May House are available for group or family events and are espe­cially appropriate for weddings. For information contact President Wade at 706-401-0820 or Vice President Edwards at 757-831-9556

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