May 28, 2014 — With art on display in the shade of the trees in the city park, plenty to eat and drink and friends waiting to be met every other step, Grayson’s annual Memory Days celebration enjoyed strong crowds and practically perfect weather as the festival picked up for a parade Saturday afternoon.
Along the well-lined parade route, friends and families gathered and watched down the boulevard for the first sign of the procession, lead by police officers from Grayson and Olive Hill. Among the conversations along the sidewalk: “Why aren’t you in the parade?”; “Lord, I haven’t seen him in over a hundred years!”; “You DO NOT throw trash on the ground.”; and, often, “Which ones are you related to?”
Throughout the city’s downtown district, volunteers and vendors offered everything from hot dogs and home made confections to popsicles, fudge and even a compound to “reduce chemicals in your life.” Near the courthouse, a nice lady approached thirsty-looking strangers and pointed them toward free bottles of water to combat the afternoon sun.
Entertainment along the streets of Grayson Saturday included a guitar and flute pairing by musicians John Forgy of Lexington and Fred Nezkeams of Window Rock, Ariz., who performed covers of songs by bands including the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. The musicians noted they are members of the band Nizhoni Sky, which means “beautiful sky” in the Navajo language.
“We just love the town,” Forgy said, explaining they became familiar with Grayson after local art gallery owner Dan Click invited them to play for an event there last year.
Among the parade’s participants were county attorney Patrick Flannery and jailer R.W. Boggs, who reported the afternoon stroll may have been tougher than it appeared.
“We burned up this year and we burned up last year and froze to death the year before that,” Boggs said with a shrug and a smile.
TIM PRESTON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2651.