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More help needed for Boydton Day celebration / May 22, 2019

Planning for the 43rd annual Boydton Days celebration was the main topic discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Boydton Town Council.

This celebration, which takes place this year on Oct. 26, is more than a festival, it is a homecoming and tradition for some current and former residents of the town.

Councilman Ronny Worley said with planning under way, he felt it was time for town officials to send out a request for volunteers willing to help with the day-long festival. Town Clerk Shirley Bowen said several individuals have come forward offering support and telling her they want to ensure this “storied tradition” continues, but she acknowledged that more help is needed.

“There are a lot of moving parts to putting together events like this one every year,” but with the support of dedicated individuals who love the town, Bowen felt confident that Boydton Day would surely live on for years to come.

In other news, sssistant town clerk Angela Amos briefed the council on the upcoming Bluegrass Festival taking place this summer. The first event is scheduled for June 29, with later concerts in July and August.

Amos told Council that she had budgeted for $27,000 in for the three-date festival and so far the town has received $23,000 in sponsorship money.

Amos said she’s “gotten word out” about the concerts, “not just in Mecklenburg County, but also in surrounding counties and into North Carolina” by passing out posters of the events.

Local volunteers are still needed for tasks such as parking cars and working the gate, since many of those that normally help with these tasks will be volunteering with their own non-profit groups that will be selling food and other items during the event.

Amos also talked about a federal grant that town receives each year for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. She said the grant is to be used to assist citizens with financial needs, such as paying past due utility bills, first month rent, purchasing diapers, or in cases where a home is destroyed by fire or natural disaster, to cover the cost of an extended hotel or motel stay once the initial Red Cross stay has ended.

Amos said the Historic Boydton Renaissance (HBR) would be applying for the funds and that they would form a committee to make rules to ensure that the money would be used to help people in need not those simply looking to avoid paying their own bills.

As the money has not yet been procured, Council took no formal position on how they would like to see the money used.

Maintenance supervisor Johnny Roberts updated Council on information that he obtained for buying the town a new pickup truck. No action was taken on this matter as Council members decided to seek additional quotes before purchasing the truck.

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