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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger Staff 

Saw Mill Day set for Saturday


May 2, 2019

It's time once again for the Alger Sullivan Lumber Saw Mill Day in Century from 8 a.m. until around 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4, on Jefferson Avenue in the historical district of Century.

This year's entertainment line up begins with Preacher Nathan Brown from Ray's Chapel with prayer opening the event at 8 a.m. then the color guard from Northview High School will raise the flag. The National Anthem will be sung by a singer from Jay.

Around 8:30 a.m., Bobby Holland, Hall Leonard, and Danny Leonard will start the day off, singing and playing, followed by Harmonica Man Peter Matheny around 9:30, playing for about 30 minutes.

Around 10 a.m., a vocal group from Earnest Ward led by Gina Bayshore will perform for 30 minutes and at 10:30, Valeria Padilla and Maddie Bailey from Flomaton High School will perform, until 11 a.m., when Candice Roberson from FHS will have Flomaton Band perform.

At 12, Nora Bell Crabbs will perform with friends. Until 12:30, when Dietrich Bondurant, Tim Huber and Mac Henley with Heavenly Brass Trio will play some great tunes for brass.

Then, Melissa Majors Dance Group from Pensacola will perform dance, followed by Bobby Holland and Keith Faulk, who will play music for about 30 minutes. Finally, Gina Bayshore will perform a second time until around 2:30 p.m.

At 2:30, all the winners from the Saw Mill Beauty Pageant who are present will be introduced and will

present the awards to the car show winners when they are announced at 3 p.m.

There will be plenty of food, such as hamburgers and hot dogs all day. Vendors will have their wares on display for sale, including Flint knappers Winston Burnham and woodworkers, jewelry makers, and this year there will be a man with his own Civil War camp and Civil War era items on display.

Agnes Grant and Jean Nolin of the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society will sponsor a history scavenger hunt with clues, entertainment, games and prizes all day, with prizes and money given.

Jay and Flomaton Historical Societies will be there, with lots of local history on display and to tell about.

The blacksmith shop, griss mill, post office, and Leech House Museum will be open. The Flomaton High Schools History Fair winners will have their winning projects there, and many will be dressed in period clothing.

The Santa Rosa Creek Tribe will be there, with a history of their people on display.

The Century Chamber of Commerce will have a booth set up.

The Escambia Rurul Electric Co-operative is furnishing a trolley to carry guests to and from the park.

“Since about 1990, we've been having this event,” said Alger-Sullivan Historical Society President Jerry Fischer. “Every year, and it provides us the opportunity to pay the bills and keep our organization afloat for the community. If you grew up in this area, we probably have your picture or a relative's picture somewhere. Everyone that helps set this up and work it is volunteer. No one is compensated.”


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