If you're looking forward to summer and sunshine here at the dreary, muddy end of winter, you probably aren't alone. There are probably lots of folks daydreaming and planning for their summer fun already. But there probably aren't many planning as furiously as the folks on the Grayson Chamber of Commerce's Memory Days planning committee.

They have a lot to accomplish between now and Memorial Day Weekend, but plans for the annual event are coming together.

The committee met last Tuesday to discuss those plans.

The group discussed booking stage and sound systems for the event, as well as soliciting more sponsors for the event, which usually costs around $10,000 to put on.

One of the most important issues, however, is petitioning the state highway department for the permits needed to close the streets for the parade and other Memory Days events. The requests can take several months to process. The committee has already submitted their requests, asking for permission to close Pomeroy from Main Street to Second Street between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday Main Street will also be closed from Landsowne to Pomeroy from 7 a.m. until after the parade. Park Street may also experience a partial closure for the Grayson Gallery & Art Center's HeART in the Park art event on Saturday.

The next item was the March 1 deadline set for completion of all event descriptions and information for the Memory Days programs. March 1 is also the deadline for all sponsorships and when they need to have a design for placing t-shirt orders.

Events already planned for the weekend include the Grayson Gallery's HeArt in the Park art show, the annual Dog Jog sponsored by All Creatures Veterinary Care, the FEAT Craft Market, the Relay for Life 5K Run sponsored by Dr. Jason McCloud, and food provided by the Grayson Fire Department.

The library will also hold its annual used book sale over the weekend. This year, though, those who purchase books in the sale will also receive a single entry per person into a drawing for an autographed copy of John Grisham's book The Rooster Bar.

Plans for events with other community organizations still need to be defined prior to the March 1 deadline, but Center Stage Studio, the Rotary Club, and several community churches have committed to participation.

These include plans for a Talent Show on Friday evening, with details to be announced.

The theme of the weekend is another important part of Memory Days, setting the tone for parade floats and other activities. The theme for Memory Days 2019 has been chosen as well, with the submission from Robert Caummisar, "Grayson – Growing but still remembering!"

A design contest for the festival logo is still ongoing, with a $25 prize for the winning design.

The next meeting of the committee is Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Contact the writer at jwells@journal-times.com.

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