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Boydton Day envisioned as ‘one to remember’

SoVaNow.com / October 16, 2019
Boydton Town Council discussed final preparations for this year’s Boydton Day at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Clerk-Treasurer Shirley Bowen described the activities and events that are “going on to make this year’s Boydton Day one to remember.”

The two-day festival begins with a Vesper service at the old Boydton Presbyterian Church, Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and continues Saturday with the parade at 10 a.m. followed by street fair around Courthouse Square with live music, classic cars, antique tractor show, craft vendors, food and activities for kids.

Council members got their first look at the new town t-shirts, which feature the town seal on the front and the phrase, “Small Town Livin” on the back. Bowen explained that since the logo is more about the town, not Boydton Days, they can be sold year-round.

They have t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts available. The deadline has passed to order a shirt in time for Boydton Days, but members of the town staff are still taking orders daily if anyone would like to purchase them.

It was also mentioned that there will be several new vendors this year, as well as old favorites from years past. The goal is to have around 80 vendors this year, Bowen said, and they’re closing in on that number.

In other news, Councilman Ronny Worley asked Council to consider presenting a yearly award to a town “Citizen of the Year.” Worley mentioned that other towns have something similar and he thought it would be something that everyone in the town would support.

Mayor Johnny Kirkland mentioned that the Grand Marshal of the Boydton Day parade every year is essentially the citizen of the year, but he supported Worley’s idea to have this award made a reality.

No vote was taken on the issue, but Council agreed to hold further discussions of the matter.

Kirkland announced the hiring of Eric Tollerson by the town. Tollerson is a previous town employee who worked at the wastewater treatment plant. He brings his years of experience back to the facility and Kirkland said they were glad to have Tollerson back with the town.

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