Town to celebrate 100-year anniversary

Published 10:34 pm Thursday, October 16, 2008

IVOR—With only a day left to go, folks here are getting excited about 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. 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.

T-shirts and hats announcing the bash have been flying out of Ivor Furniture Store, said Alice West Scott, whose father began that business.

“The sales have been unexpected,” she said. “We’re hoping the weather is going to cooperate, but we’re going to carry on rain or shine.”

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.