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Lots of fun for everyone at Boydton Day

South Boston News / October 30, 2019

A great time for all beckoned at Boydton Day on Saturday.

The parade was cool with local star and Boydton native Jackie “Cream Puff” Ketchum serving as Grand Marshal. Ketchum has kept people laughing and smiling as Cream Puff the Clown for many years.

And with plenty of food, vendors of all types and a multitude of things for young and old alike to do, attendees really enjoyed themselves. Teresa Downey and Johnny Roberts (Boydton’s maintenance supervisor) were co-executive officers of the Boydton Day Committee this year, and by anyone’s standards they brought together a day that was called successful and fun, amongst other descriptions.

Boydton Deputy Clerk Angela Amos said the town event could not have been more enjoyable.

“It was an absolutely stunning day,” Amos said. “The Good Lord blessed us with good weather. We feel like we had the largest crowd ever.”

It was for sure the largest crowd in recent years. And folks who attended could be heard expressing such.

Amos, who provided face painting during the festivities, said, “I know the children were happy because I was personally doing face painting and I know I did at least 500 children’s faces.”

Amos said a few factors played into making Boydton Day as big as it was. An uptick in advertising, proactively seeking out vendors of all types and Downey’s networking skills played a particular role in adding vendors this year.

“We changed a few things this year,” Amos explained. “We had Chick-fil-A here and obviously they’re a corporate vendor. We went with more advertising on the radio (in addition to the local print media) and that was helpful. But I really feel very confident that Teresa Downey as of our co-chief executive officer over the committee this year really made a big difference. She’s been handling the children’s area for the last few years, but she also has a business where she sells Kettle Corn.”

Amos noted that Downey attends several events with her business each year. That gave Downey some insight that just wouldn’t be general knowledge to people who don’t work festivals such as she does.

“She has an inside view,” Amos continued. “And she can get people she knows from these various festivals that they go to and say, ‘Hey, y’all should really come out to Boydton day.’”

With Downey and Roberts and the rest of the committee members working together towards a common goal, things just fell into place, Amos said. She was quick to note that vendors who had supported Boydton Day down throughout the years were back again this time and for that the committee was thankful.

Boydton Mayor Johnny Kirkland could be seen walking around town throughout the entire day. Kirkland was very complimentary of all involved with Boydton Day.

“The committee and all the volunteers have just been great,” Kirkland said. “Teresa and Johnny just took this thing and ran with it and I’m so happy. I’ve been talking to people and everybody is just having a good time.”

Kirkland said he didn’t want to forget to mention Amos and Shirley Bowen, town clerk. Amos also said the same regarding Bowen.

“And don’t forget all the little things that Shirley does because without her …,” Amos said. “She’s our firecracker around here.”

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins was also on hand working the MCSO booth and just walking around talking to people. He said he truly enjoyed Boydton Day from a personal and law enforcement standpoint.

“Awesome,” Hawkins said on describing the day. “It was the largest crowd I think I’ve seen at Boydton Day. Everything went smooth and I give Johnny Kirkland and Teresa a lot of credit. Everything went very well. I was proud to be there. I saw so many people that I hadn’t seen in years, shook a lot of hands, got a lot of hugs — it was a fun day and I was glad that everything went so well. And I’m just happy for Boydton.”

Amos summed up Boydton Day as delightful and a big hit.

“I can tell you it was seriously a success, a great big one,” Amos stated. “I think our crowd was delightful. I think the weather was delightful.”

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