Saturday looks to be a busy day in Lanett

Published 10:52 pm Thursday, June 7, 2018

There’s several events going on in Lanett this weekend people ought to go out and take part in. The annual Juneteenth Community Festival gets under way at 10 a.m. on the grounds of Goodsell Methodist Church. The admission is free, and there’s sure to be wholesome family fun, live music from a stage and lots of fun activities. Any youngster that’s there can take a ride on a miniature train. For the older set, there’s the chance to sit for a spell under the shade of the trees and enjoy the entertainment. I’m looking forward to getting one of Mama Mary’s wraps. The secret is out about what a good cook Carl Harper is. The line he had at LaFayette Day was unbelievably long but well worth the wait.

Anyone who is 55 and older should make the trip to the L.B. Sykes Community Center and check out what goes on at the Lanett Senior Center. Senior Citizens Appreciation Day starts at 11 a.m. and goes on until early afternoon. Many of those who are active with the senior center program will be there, and there’s the chance for those who aren’t participating to see what goes on. Who knows? You might see the great value of joining up and getting a free hot meal five days a week. There’s a lot of really good people already participating and you can make some new friends. Among the Lanett participants is one of the more unusually named couples you’ll ever come across, Floy and Floyd Aikens. They’re nice people. too.

Mayor Kyle McCoy is hopeful there will be a good turnout and some of the seniors checking it out will get involved and be regular participants.

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Another interesting event in Lanett on Saturday is a car show. It will be going on in the parking lot next to El Rio Restaurant and it will be raising money for a good cause. It starts at 9 a.m. and will go on until around two o’clock in the afternoon. It will be a chance to see Scott Willingham’s Smokey and the Bandit cars and a car that looks like the General Lee from the 1980s Duke’s of Hazzard TV show.

Money raised in the show will benefit four-year-old Maddox Cannon, who is struggling with a rare medical condition. He has to have a service dog to help him with his daily activities.

Door prizes will be given out at the show, Sheriff Sid Lockhart will be there cooking for the crowd and an ice cream truck will be there to help cool off on a hot day.

I’m planning on taking in all three events on Saturday, probably the car show first, Juneteenth second and the Senior Citizens Appreciation Day third.

I may get back to Juneteenth a second time before the day’s through. It’s great to get out and do things close to home. Hope to see you there.