Ivor readies for centennial celebration

Published 1:35 pm Friday, October 10, 2008

With only a week left to go, folks here are gearing up for the biggest celebration in the town’s history: a 100th anniversary blowout.

“I’m afraid we have more stuff than we have room for,” Councilwoman Sandra Vick said with a laugh. “It’s like you’re blowing up a balloon and it’s getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I’m ready to cut the string loose and let it fly.”

The parade will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Included in the lineup are the “General Lee” of “Dukes of Hazzard” fame, local high school marching bands, floats, Shriners and people on horses, to name a few. Ivor native Tom Saunders will serve as grand marshal.

Vendors and merchants will line the four blocks downtown to sell their wares.

At 1:45 p.m. a team of skydivers will perform at the H. Massey Joyner ball park, followed by a performance by the New Branch Baptist Church Choir.

Next, an old-fashioned donkey softball game starring some of the town’s more “famous citizens” will be played, Vick said.

Children will be treated to a petting zoo, face painting, inflatables and fire truck slide while a car show will be held on the northern end of the grounds.

Finishing out the celebration, Thunder Creek, Courtney Haywood and Silver Street will perform bluegrass and contemporary country music on the main stage from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Vicks said townspeople — especially those along the parade route — have been sprucing up their yards and porches for the big day.

“They’re getting their fall flowers out,” Vick said. “We’re preparing for a sunny day. It’s going to be great.”