Confederate heritage day slated for May 11

Published 6:00am Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The 12th annual Confederate History and Heritage Day Celebration will be held in Wetumpka May 11. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on the grounds of the Whorton Real Estate building on U.S. Highway 231 North.
“April is Confederate History and Heritage Month as proclaimed by Gov. Robert Bentley,” said Mike Whorton, one of the event organizers. “But we’ve found that April has numerous conflicting events and feel that by celebrating later the weather will be warmer and attendance will be better.”
Whorton said the event will actually be a Confederate History and Southern Heritage Festival with activities including a plowing demonstration, mule and wagon rides, antique car display, lard cooking, Confederate reenactors, Southern belles and vendors with handmade items for sale.
“As we have in the past, there will be food, drinks, games, music and various speakers,” said Whorton. “This will be a fun event for the whole family with no admission charge.”
Whorton said the celebration is intended to honor the sacrifices of Southern families and the 30,000 Alabama Confederate soldiers who died for Southern liberty.
“We should never forget to embrace our Southern heritage and especially during the continuing celebration of the sesquicentennial year of the war for Southern Independence,” Whorton said.
He also noted that the program will also include a donation made in memory of Rylee Nicole Goodman, daughter of Lynn Sides and Chad Goodman. The contribution will be made to the First Baptist Church Child Development Center.
“Rylee played a big role in our History and Heritage Day celebrations and her family continues to be involved,” said Whorton.
Activities will proceed rain or shine. For more information or to make a donation, email heritageand historyday@yahoo.com.
The event is hosted by the William Lowndes Yancey Chapter of the League of the South.

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