Foundation celebrates with a parade

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2007

WAKEFIELD—Despite overcast skies and a few sprinkles, the Wakefield Foundation Homecoming went off without a hitch.

Foundation President Joan Drewrey estimated at least 1,500 people visited during the day, “actually more than we’ve ever had,” she said.

In its eighth year, Drewrey said the board of directors was pleased with the event. “Everyone seemed to be having a good time, and that’s all that matters to us.”

The Foundation is actually the former Wakefield High School. Eight years ago, the building was rescued by a group of residents who “just couldn’t see the school they attended sold to someone who probably would tear it down, said Drewery.

“We begged, borrowed, held fund-raisers and have done just about everything through the years to raise money for its upkeep and I think we’ve done quite well.

“We operate on donations, though, and we’re always grateful when someone helps us out.

Drewery said she and the board decided the first year that it would be nice to hold a homecoming for former students and friends.

“It has worked extremely well,” she said.

“So many former residents have complimented us for doing it.”

This year, as it has been every year, there was a parade to start things off.

Entrants come from all around the area and show off everything from farm vehicles, floats of all kinds, antique cars, horses and school bands. There were fire and rescue vehicles from Ivor, Waverly and Sussex, in addition to Wakefield.

A favorite this year was the General Lee, the auto featured in the TV show, Dukes of Hazzard.

The car was a replica, which looked just like the General Lee, but the horn was a perfect match—sounded just like Bo was coming around the bend.

Another feature was the presentation of the Raines Conference Room.

Dedicated to Dr and Mrs. Thomas Raines, Wakefield’s only doctor during the Depression, restoration of the room was made possible by his two children, Alice Joyner and Thomas Raines, who grew up in Wakefield.

The room will be used for meetings and other events.

Other activities included games for the children, crafts, lunch on the grounds, which included Wakefield’s own Brunswick stew and baked goods.

Several kinds of music and a performance by a dance troupe were featured during the afternoon.