PDT Staff Writer
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — The tradition of Old Fashion Days is still in style for Greenup County residents. More than 500 people were present for the opening ceremony Thursday.
Mayor Lundie Meadows greeted the crowd with a warm welcome to Old Fashion Days.
Meadows said Old Fashion Days is a grand celebration that is still going strong.
“It is an awesome celebration. It has been going on now for 48 years. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication from the volunteers that put this on each year,” Meadows said.
Singer, Leighann Heineman sang the National Anthem, ‘My Old Kentucky Home’, and ‘Amazing Grace’. A hearty applause was given by the crowd after the selections.
Meadows said Old Fashion Days is important economically for Greenup County.
“It brings a lot of people into downtown Greenup, and opens up to our citizens and our businesses downtown. It is just good for our community, for everyone to get together each and every year,” Meadows said.
Doug Collins conducted a memorial of the lives of six deceased residents. Jim Palmer, Thurman Archey, Ethel McBrayer, Wade Womack, Naomi Davis, and Larry Jordan were all acknowledged.
Bobby Allen, Greenup County Tourism Office director served as the MC for the event, and said Old Fashion Days is important to the area.
“Old Fashion Days is such a vital part of the Greenup. It is such an amazing atmosphere that we have here this morning, to see so many people come out for the opening ceremony is impressive in terms of the other events that going on throughout the county,” Allen said.
Allen said he anticipates the crowd for Old Fashion Days to continue to increase.
“We are expecting a little shy of 20,000 people over the course of the three days. That is based on the rough estimates from the years past. Based on this great turnout this morning, I wouldn’t doubt that we will hit the mark,” Allen said.
Gary Cremeans, lifelong resident of Greenup and the 2013 Old Fashion Days Grand Marshall, said he is proud to be a part of Greenup.
“I have lived in many places all around the world, but I can say there is no where like Greenup,” Cremeans said.
48th annual Greenup Old Fashion Days will convene through Saturday, Oct. 5.
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