Christmas has arrived in Magoffin County!
What a treat to see Santa in the parade on a Harley! Needless to say,
this created a great deal of excitement along the parade route.
Christmas event was held on Saturday, December 3rd and was a
huge success! This was a time when our citizens, civic groups, churches,
county and city governments and just everyone pitched in and made it all a
time to remember for our children and people of all ages.
We decorated one of the trees in the
yard and city workers decorated the larger tree with handmade decorations
from all the county school students. The Military Support group decorated
a tree in honor of our veterans, past and present.
We were amazed at the parade and the myriad of Christmas lights
and other decorations used to decorate the vehicles and floats. It was a
pleasure to see the young people in the parade singing songs and shouting
Christmas greetings as they rode and walked in the parade. It required a
lot of hard work by many people, many of whom did the work without thought
of self recognition or acclaim. We admire them all for the selfless work
that made such a joyous occasion for us.
Before the parade there was a gathering here on the grounds of
Historical Society. We had a nice little program worked up for those
attending. Of course, the big event was the bicycle give-away for
youngsters from all the grade schools in our county. The excitement on
the winnerís faces was priceless. Mayor Pete Shepherd took on the chore
of announcing the winners. It was quite a show to watch those youngsters
run up to claim their bikes.
County Judge Dr.
Hardin had planned to be here also but other matters prevented him from
Several events were going on around our town. Store and office
windows were decorated for the season as were many lawns throughout the
county. The announcements of best decorations were given by the
chairpersons for each category while volunteers gave out the prizes.
Our own volunteers Dorothy
Wireman, Kay Bentley, Jessica Howard and Abby Conley helped out here by
serving cider and cookies. Jarrod Howard set up the sound system for our
part of the program here at the historical society. I helped the mayor
raise the flag and everyone in the audience joined in on saying the Pledge
to the Flag. Prayer was held and welcoming remarks were given by
Salyersville Mayor Pete Shepherd and myself. Carol Jean Howard presented
an inspiring Christmas Bible reading on the birth of Jesus Christ. We were
happy to have music by our own Hometown Singers!
Gifts have been bestowed
upon the historical society by two people interested in helping us
preserve memories of our past. Jamie Caudill brought in an 8mm movie
projector along with a couple of screens. These go perfectly with the
antique cameras given earlier by Henry Clay Patrick and his sister.
Garry Miller surprised us
with a set of 25 Time-Life Civil War history books that are amazing to
see! We have currently put these in the glass cabinet that was given to
us by Stanley and Virginia Gardnerís daughters Cheryl Cook and Marsha
It is not too early to
invite you to the regular meeting of our
Historical Society. We will meet on December 18th at
here at our library. Mark the date on your calendar and we will look
forward to seeing you here.
If you would like to
contact us, write us at
building is located at 191 South Church Street here in Salyersville, next
door to the Community Center and the WRLV radio station.
We want everyone to know that we appreciate all the help and encouragement
we have received from so many of you through the year. We send you our
heartfelt Christmas greetings from the historical society and Pioneer