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Bicentennial fundraising event planned for Tuesday

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Fresh off a county birthday party, the Fayette County Bicentennial steering committee is spreading the word again about its plans for the coming celebration with a fundraising get-together on Tuesday.

Individuals, businesses and community organizations are being invited to the John H, Miller Community Center at 5:30 p.m. to learn about plans for the Bicentennial, hear a little history and make a donation.

Pastor Tim Billups of Grace Church will give the invocation. Fundraising Chair Vickie Beaty will welcome the donors and potential donors, said Jackie Church, organizer.

Daniel Phelps will again portray the county’s namesake, Marquis de La Fayette, and give a short greeting from the French general who helped win the American Revolution.

Guests will have an opportunity to talk to the steering committee members who are planning the individual activities for May 16-19 and see their vision.

Hors d’ oeuvres will be served, some with a European flair.

The Bicentennial will be about the best of Fayette County, said Mike Sparks, co-chair. 

“That’s what we want to talk about,” he said. “We’re doing a history book and all the other activities. We don’t have all the events and activities lined out yet to talk about that night but we have many events we know we are doing we can talk about Tuesday. That will make them very interested about what is coming in May.”

Some elementary and middle school students will be attending the Bicentennial activities and the annual Ag Day events during Youth Day activities on Friday, May 17, Lindsey Brooks, planning committee member, said during Tuesday’s committee meeting.

Sparks said the steering committee and other volunteers are digging up history that has not been widely known. 

A tour of pioneer cemeteries is being planned, he said. Not all will be available for touring but there are 113 cemeteries that have been identified.

“We have been confident from the beginning and we’re even more confident as we hear of what all you (committee members) have done, the money will be there, the events we are planning will take place, they will be high quality and the public will pick and choose the ones they want to see, and that’s the beauty of this,” Sparks said. “We’re way down the road to this being a reality.”