The seasonal rains held off, and the city of Grayson had a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend for their Memory Days parade and events.

Face painting, pageants, dog jogs, art shows, and the library book sale drew crowds to town, but as always it was the parade that was the big event of the weekend. Children and parents crowded the sidewalks scooping up candy and other treats thrown from floats and the backs of trucks.

Emily Jordan and Julia King, with the Friends of the Carter County Library, said the book sale had been very successful, though the exact amount raised through the book sale was not immediately available. Emery King drew the winner in the John Grisham book giveaway at the end of the sale, just before the parade began, as well as a backup in case the first name was unreachable. The autographed book, Rooster Bar, was donated by library employee Larissa Tackett.

Pageants are another big part of every Memory Days, and this year the pageant organization was handled by the East Carter High School cheerleaders coach and Memory Days director Heather Goodman. Winners in the various pageant categories included; Baby Miss Memory Days and Photogenic Winner: Olivia Smith; Baby Miss 1st Runner Up: Ella McDavid; Wee Mr. Memory Days: Harrison Scott; Wee Mr. 1st Runner Up: Austen Fleming; Tiny Miss Memory Days and Photogenic Winner: Sophia Villasenor; Tiny Miss 1st Runner Up: Khloe O'Bryan; Tiny Miss 2nd Runner Up: Jentry Gray; Mini Miss Memory Days: Skylar Mulkey; Mini Miss Memory Days 1st Runner Up and People's Choice: Annison McWhorter; Mini Miss Memory Days 2nd Runner Up: Eriyah Truitt; Mini Miss Photogenic: Temperance Wilson; Little Miss Memory Days: Ella Holley; Little Miss Memory Days 1st Runner Up and photogenic: Charlotte Gallion; Little Miss Memory Days 2nd Runner Up: Lilly Davis; Little Mr. Memory Days and Photogenic: Chord Fitzpatrick; Little Mr. 1st Runner Up: Ethan McDavid; Small Miss Memory Days and Photogenic Winner: Layla Wilcox; Small Miss Memory Days 1st Runner Up: Karmyn Taylor; Junior Miss Memory Days: Gabriella Taylor; Junior Miss 1st Runner Up and Photogenice: Kailynn Bracey; Junior Miss 2nd Runner Up: Brooklyn Stevens; Teen Miss Memory Days: Zaylee Keeton; Teen Miss 1st Runner Up and Photogenice: Jayden Williams; Teen Miss 2nd Runner Up: Kirah Spillman.

2019 Miss Memory Days was Hannah Kelley. Miss 1st Runner Up and Photogenic was Aliyah Lewis and Miss 2nd Runner Up was Jennifer Nunez.

Memory Days Queens (Special Needs Division) were Skylar Kouns – who was also photogenic winner – and Chelsey Sexton, Krisi Cuneo, and Leandra Gollihue.

The Rotary Club's mother and father of the year essay contest winners were also honored as part of Memory Days. Winners in that contest included, for kindergarten and first grade Mother of the Year, Cyleigh Speakman from Carter Elementary, Emmie Burke for Star Elementary, and Randilynn Sanders from Prichard Elementary, with Speakman the county wide winner for Mother of the Year. For kindergarten and first grade Father of the Year, Henry Wilhoit from Prichard Elementary and Cameron Haney of Carter Elementary, with Haney taking the county wide winner.

At the second and third grade level Rotary honored Alexis Hanners, Star Elementary; Brandi Salyers, Prichard Elementary; Addaline Flaugher, Heritage Elementary; and Maylee Alyssa Thomas, Tygart Creek Elementary; with Flaugher taking the county wide Mother of the Year essay honors. For fathers in the same age group honorees were

Alexis Hanners, Star Elementary; Addaline Flaugher, Heritage Elementary; Abby McCleese, Tygart Creek Elementary; and Christopher Sprouse, Prichard Elementary. The county wide Father of the Year essay winner for the age groups was Prichard's Sprouse.

For fourth and fifth graders, honorees for Mother of the Year essay winners were Payton Gallion, Olive Hill Elementary; Skylan Stevens Nashe, Tygart Creek Elementary; and Gabriel Blanton, Star Elementary. Olive Hill's Gallion took top honors in the Mother of the Year contest. For Father of the Year, winners were Waylon Rice, Olive Hill Elementary; Joseph Oney, Tygart Creek Elementary; and Noah Davis, Star Elementary. Olive Hill's Rice took the county wide award for Father of the Year.

The Rotary Club thanked the Carter County Family Resource Centers for their assistance with collecting essays in the individual schools. Each winner received a medallion for their efforts, with the county wide winners in each category receiving a $25 gift card.

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