By Crystal J. Damron
April 24, 2013 — Planning for Olive Hill's major event of the summer is underway.
Olive Hill's Homecoming will take place the weekend prior to July 4, as years in past.
This year’s theme is “America, united we stand, proudly we serve.” The parade will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 1p.m.
Float award categories were announced during last week’s Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The Mayor's Choice, Chamber of Commerce and Historical Society awards will be awarded during the parade. There will also be awards for the best car, horse and theme.
Dr. Paul Lewis will be honored as Grand Marshal. There will also be fireworks and entertainment at the Historic Depot on Thursday, July 4.
The next planning meeting for the Homecoming event will be Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at Subway.
The Chamber is still looking for sponsors.
“We need more people to pitch in to help fund the event,” said Chamber officer Jonathan Lewis. “If anyone is interested in sponsorship of an event, I can find the perfect fit based on your budget.”
Lewis also reviewed the Chamber’s current funds. There is $6,310.91 available with the fireworks allotment being $3,000, $2,500 being restricted 2010 funds leaving general funds at $810.91 with the following pending upcoming expenses: ATF permit for fireworks license, homecoming portable toilets, entertainment and other expenses associated with event.
The Trail Town process is still in the works. There was also discussion on the Chamber’s new office to be located at the Depot.
Chamber President Curtis Owens advised there will be a work day scheduled to get the office cleaned up and ready for business.
Signage was also discussed for the Depot, leading from I-64 and US 60.
The Chamber Spring Mixer will be Saturday, May 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at Scenic Hills Realty on Railroad Street. There are also plans to have the Depot open across the street for visitors to see the facility.
Local business owner John Stegall made a plea of the chamber to contact Olive Hill City Council members to discuss current situations in the town.
Mayor Kenny Fankell also spoke briefly on the city’s efforts to clean ditches as well as using the current inmate program to help in cleaning the streets of Olive Hill.
Crystal Damron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 474-5101 or 286-4201.