Activities & crowds countywide Saturday
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM

From South Union in the eastern-most part of the county to Lewisburg on the northern end to Adairville on the Tennessee state line and most points in between, people were enjoying taking in the sights and sounds of one of the prettiest Saturdays of 2010 in the Land of Logan May 22.

Major events included the dedication of a new terminal and other improvements at Russellville-Logan County Airport, the Shakertown Antiques and Garden Market at the newly restored 1875 Grain Barn, the Purple Martin Festival in Lewisburg, the Womanless Beauty Pageant in Adairville, and in Russellville the Logan County Arts & Film Festival and the Printers Plus Mission 5K Run Walk to benefit Mission 2K10 Haiti Orphan Housing.

Several other events were held to raise funds for worthwhile causes, including Relay for Life, CrimeStoppers and medical expenses.

Attending all of those events was virtually impossible, but a look at some of them follows:

Airport dedication, open house
The beautiful new terminal building at Russellville-Logan County Airport now has an official name. As hundreds of people watched, Board Chairman Steve Dilliha announced that the 3,000-square-foot terminal project, which was funded at $865,000 by the Kentucky Department of Aviation, is now the William G. Fuqua Terminal. A plaque was presented to Fuqua, a former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice who has donated his time and efforts as attorney for the airport board for over 40 years.
Wendell Cave, one of Governor Steve Beshear's field representatives, announced that Beshear is committed to helping obtain funding for extending the airport runway from 4,000 to 5,000 feet with the help of Senator Joey Pendleton and Representative Martha Jane King, who were present for the ceremony.
Others on the platform were Mary Jane Cassandras of the Federal Aviation Administration, who had come from Memphis for the occasion; Bob Barnett, president of the Kentucky Aviation Association; Logan County Chamber of Commerce President Brian White, who conducted the ribbon cutting ceremony; Logan County Judge-Executive Logan Chick; mayors Gene Zick of Russellville, Dewey Roche of Auburn and Jim Wilkerson of Adairville; and United Methodist Temple pastor Dr. Neil Salvaterra, who offered the invocation. Mack Mallory of WRUS served as master of ceremonies. Among those present were orginal board members George Page and Bob Guion along with Georgia Jessup, widow of Harold Jessup, who was chairman of the board as the improvements were being planned.
The Russellville High School Band played the national anthem while the Logan County High School JROTC conducted the flag ceremony.
Steve Johnson Aerobatics entertained the crowd by performing an airshow with an MX2 stunt plane while the Logan County Cattlemen's Association provided the food.
Among those assisting in directing traffic to parking places was Jon Paul Stuart, grandson of the late Marvin Stuart, the economic development leader for whom the field was named 40 years ago. New airport manager Barry Smotherman was on hand to help however needed, as were members of the board.
Shakertown Antiques and Garden Market
Among the Logan County vendors were antique dealers Joyce and Jim Chestnut of Joyce Ann-tiques of Russellville and Nancy and Wayne Dinsmore of the Lion and The Lamb of Auburn. Outside were Brenda Fuller of The Garden Walk near Chandlers, Lee Blythe of Federal Grove Bed and Breakfast in Auburn, and, of course, the Shaker Museum at South Union gift Shop.

The Dinsmores are long-time supporters of Shaker Museum activities and are the anchor of Main Street commerce in Auburn. Joyce Chestnut, who is retired from the legal and court systems, is a part-time employee of the Shaker Museum. Her antique shop is on C. Dodson Lane across from Logan County High School. Blythe is involved in the family business in Auburn with the bed and breakfast, but he is also developing a large customer base with the maple syrup he creates from trees on the property.

Blythe was also one of the five speakers who presented demonstrations during the day. He spoke on the Shaker Seed Industry. Another presenter was Tim Minor of Auburn, who is a faux finish artist and decorator. He spoke on Outdoor Decorative Pots. Minor has long been one of the Shaker Singers and was a regular in the outdoor productions of "Shakertown Revisited" in the 20th century. His wife, Bowling Green journalist Robyn Minor, is a member of the Shakertown board of directors.

Brenda Fuller has developed The Garden Walk into an ever-growing business on Sycamore Road north of Chandlers. She and her husband Don have put together a pair of rustic buildings into one shop. Some of the lumber came from the old livestock market in downtown Bowling Green, some from Mammoth Cave, flooring from Scottsville and a significant protion the old Manning's Grocery in Chandlers. Part of that served as the Chandlers Post Office and a mail slot is still evident.

The Garden Walk offers unique baskets and fixtures that enhance the appearance of outdoor settings. Brenda says she gets her artistic wire baskets, flower holders, benches, tables, etc. from Mexico and other items from a number of sources, including estate auctions.

Printers Plus 5K Run/Walk
The Printers Plus Mission 5K Run Walk to benefit Mission 2K10 Haiti Orphan Housing was considered to be a huge success. It was held early Saturday, beginning behind the Bethel Shopping Center.
Greg Head of Printers Plus, who organized and oversaw the event, said, "We totaled enough for one home plus a family gave enough for another. Plus two others from Logan County for a grand total of four from here! We believe we raised enough money to provide housing for 24 orphans in Haiti! This was our first year for the Mission 5K and we had over 70 participate and another 20 volunteer."
The top 10 runners and their tmes: 1) Scott Kenney 16:45.63, 2 Sye Head 16:58.48, 3) Noah Thomas 18:34.67, 4) Don Gilbert 18:46/97. 5) Tino Danz 19:18.93, 6) Joe Dan Laster 19:40.13, 7) Cory Ford 19:55.17, 8) Robie Belk 21:46.38, 9)Dr. Brian Humble 23:17.24, 10) Daryl Simpson 23:27.67. The top female runner was Donna England and the fasters walkers were Billy Bryant in the males and Elizabeth Main among the women.

Top runners in order by age group were as follows: 14U Male) Ford, Cody Goodman, Jonathan Cobb; 15-19 Male)Kenney, Head, Thomas; 20-24 Female) Krystal Lambert; 25-29 Male) Gabe Atkins, Dan Duncan; 25-29 Female) Taran Kriser, Mariah Yates, 30-34 Male)Michael McDowell, Steven Cross; 30-34 Female) Kassie Smith; 35-39 Male) Gilbert, Humble, Jeremy Davis; 35-39 Male) Gilbert, Humbe, Jeremy Davis; 35-39 Female) Angela Cobb; 40-44 Male) Tracy Cole; 40-44 Female) Marti Carver; 45-49 Male) Belk, David Kinser, James Barrinnian; 40-45 Female) England, Laura Isenburg, Vonda Thomas; 50-54 Male)Brian Roslosky, Gerald Taylor, Tim Ferguson ; 50-54 Female) Paula Scarbrough; 55-59 Male) Jim Koger) ; 55-59 Female) Kyong Craig; 60-64 Male) Daryl Simpson

The top walkers in order by age group: 20-24 Female) Leah Shoulders, Cara Caluten; 25-29 Male) Brnadon Boone; 25-29 Female)Hilary Rust, Carla Parker, Sheila Smith; 30-34 Female) Debbie Robbins, Rachael Imlay; 35-39 Female) Dr. Varsha Humble; 40-44 Male)Terry Berry; 45-49 Female) Lucille Bryant, Debbie Sears, Lori Holloway; 50-54 Male)Billy Bryant; 55-59 Male) Jimmy Brown; 55-59 Female: Main; 60-64 Male) Barry Brunson, Tom Hughes; Over 65 Male) Jackie Carter (age 82)

Purple Martin Festival

The Purple Martin Festival is a good way for the people of North Logan to have a big picnic without having to provide the fixin's themselves. Most of those attending were finding shade, fun and fellowship under the pavilion at McKinney Park in what was the once thriving business district of Front Street. Most of downtown Lewisburg is now located along U.S. 431, including the new city hall complex. McKinney Park provides a peaceful setting for a homecoming and a kickoff for summer.

Among those providing the entertainment were radio personality/pastor Travis Bryan and multi-talented keyboardist and singer Cathy Drake Ackerman. A highlight came when they sang and played together.

The only mayor in the county who did not sit on the platform at the airport dedication was Lewisburg's Ken Whitson, who was sitting where he needed to be, under the shelter at McKinney Park. His sister, Zelma Cundiff, was by his side.

Among those attending were Lewisburg education fixture Gerald Hildabrand, who was giving up a chance to see his beloved St. Louis Cardinals on television, and Stanley Fleming, who took time out from his duties as Internet promoter of the Wonders of Spa to grace the grounds with his wife Elaine.

Highlights of the parade were players on Lewisburg baseball teams and many vintage tractors.

Arts & Crafts Festival

Another peaceful setting could be found on the Carrico Park Square in downtown Russellville for the festival conducted by the Logan County Art Council. President Heather Silvey said she believes the crowd would have been much larger three weeks earlier when it was originally scheduled without the conflicts with everything else going on in the county Saturday. "Some day this will catch on, and we'll be ready for it," she said with smiling optimism.

Silvey was one of those who had a booth open for people to visit and make purchases. Among those attending and enjoying the music of Shotgun Scooter, a group from Nashville, were her in-laws, RHS graduates Gary and Bobby Sue Silvey, who live in Virginia Beach, Va. Along with visiting their son Brian and his family, they were here in support of Gary's brother Tommy Silvey of Olmstead, who is very sick.

Among those entertaining the Festival goers were young people who have learned tumbling and other skills from Donnie and Polly Porter at Logan County Gymnastis.

Womanless Beauty Pageant in Adairville
Rhea King was crowned the most beautiful entry in the Womanless Beauty Pageant conducted by the Angels of Hope Team on the square in Adairville to raise funds for Relay for Life.. Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, bloomin’ onions and more food items were sold, and cake and pie auctions were conducted. A drawing was held for a pair of $500 Visa gift cards. The event was in memory of Jeff Abbott, Bob Hardin, and Winifred Armistead along with honoring survivors Wayne Stratton and Daniel King.
Daniel, who is the winner's son, was also in the pageant. Rhea had a little artificial beautification going. The hairless (on the head) King wore his sister's wig, we're told by family member Angela Bailey Estep.
Last year's winner, the lovely Sheriff Wallace Whittaker, crowned his successor but did not try to defend his crown.

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