Red Bay celebrates 100 years
Melissa Cason, Franklin County Times
RED BAY-The City of Red Bay celebrated its 100th birthday during a special program in Bay Tree Park yesterday afternoon. Dozens of its citizens attended the celebration.
The event included the reading of a proclamation passed by the Red Bay City Council marking July 17, 2007 the official 100th birthday of the city. The council passed the resolution for the proclamation on Monday night.
Katrine Moore served as the mistress of ceremonies for the event, which began with the sound of the train – a focal point of the town in 1907, the year Red Bay was incorporated.
The Junior Centennial Board led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Burney children sang a patriotic song.
Mayor Jeff Reid read the proclamation of the town's birthday.
Several citizens shared memories of the town's youth and read passages from a book written by Lurlie Boswell, a Red Bay native who turned articles from the Red Bay News into a book.
"Who knew that turning 100 could be this much fun," Rosalyn Fabianke said of the festivities.
The Junior Centennial Board presented the town with a time capsule to preserve items from the centennial celebration for future generations.
Fabianke, chairperson for the Centennial committee, thanked State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow, Mayor Reid and the city council for all their support in the centennial celebrations.
"I would like to offer a very cordial invitation for everyone to join us for the Big Birthday Party incorporation with Founder's Fest," Fabianke said. "After all, it's not a birthday party without you."
Founder's Fest will be held Saturday, September 15, 2007 at Bay Tree Park.