GREENUP, Ky. - Greenup Old Fashion Days (GOFD) attracts crowds each year, offering festival-type foods, live musical performances from local talent, and celebration of local heritage and culture. Now in its 49th year, the festivalkicked off opening ceremonies Thursday morning.
GREENUP, Ky. — Greenup Old Fashion Days (GOFD) attracts crowds each year, offering festival-type foods, live musical performances from local talent, and celebration of local heritage and culture. Now in its 49th year, the festivalkicked off opening ceremonies Thursday morning.
As vendors opened for business, and crowds streamed into Main Street downtown Greenup to gather for opening ceremonies of GOFD, the smiles, laughter, and greetings said it all —- Greenup Old Fashion Days are here again for the next three days.
Opening ceremonies for GOFD were conducted by Bobby Allen, director of Greenup County Tourism.
“Welcome to beautiful downtown Greenup to the 2014 Greenup Old Fashion Days, I am very happy to be here on behalf of Greenup County Tourism. We definitely appreciate everybody coming out, and we anticipate a great crowd as we always do,” Allen said.
Next, Allen asked the crowd to join him in offering a round of applause to the GOFD committee for the hard work that they contribute to make the event possible. The GOFD committee members include, Mattie Coldiron and Marty Stephens who serves as co-chairpersons, John W. Burdette, Mary Tackett, Ronnie Tackett, Tina Parsons, Bobby Parsons, Anita Large, Ronnie Large, Doug Collins, David Moore, Jim Music, Don Roberts, Jane Roberts, Bill Schafer, Jim Archy, Anne Stephens, Sarah Branim, Steven Branim, Kenny Stweart, and Sheritta Stewart.
Attorney Steve McGinnis gave the welcome in lieu of Mayor Lundie Meadows, who was unable to attend the opening ceremonies. Invocation was provided by Minister Mike Dennis, and presentation of Colors was performed by the Greenup County ROTC. This year’s Grand Marshall, Pamela Mauk Jordan, was present, and said she feels honored to serves in the capacity. Jordan was introduced by Jim Music, of Music Family Funeral Home.
“I feel like this is a great honor. I have been a part of Old Fashion Days for 49 years, I was teaching school at Greenup Elementary for the first Old Fashion Days Parade,” Jordan said. “I appreciate my family, and all of the support that they have given me, as well as Greenup, and all of the support they have given me. I was born and raised in Greenup, and have raised my children here.”
In addition to being a retired teacher from Greenup Elementary after 30 years of teaching, Jordan is also the owner Jordan Ice Company, a family-owned business that has been in operation for 49 years. She was also instrumental in getting Greenup Meals on Wheels up and running, is active in the local church and other activities within the community.
The National Anthem, ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ and ‘Amazing Grace,’ were sung by Anne Stephens.
Judge Executive, Bobby Carpenter conducted the memorial which recognizes local men and women who have made a positive impact upon the local community and have passed away. Carpenter shared brief memoirs of the lives Jack M. Smith, Glen Porter, Sr., James William Hieneman, how each man made difference in Greenup.
Opening ceremonies concluded with Mattie Coldiron, who declared GOFD officially open. The people kept coming in as, the local choral groups from the schools came to share their talent.
The three-day run of GOFD will conclude on Saturday.
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