City announces rededication day events

The City of Enterprise has announced all the events that will be taking place throughout downtown Enterprise on Dec. 11 in celebration of the centennial of the Boll Weevil Monument.

Downtown businesses will be open all day and celebrating with special centennial meals and deals. A vendor market place will also be set up in Sessions Field, which will be selling commemorative centennial, boll weevil, Boll Weevil Monument and Enterprise memorabilia.

The Enterprise First United Methodist Church will be hosting two events on the day of the celebration, both from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The first is a guided historical walking tour of downtown Enterprise, which will start at FUMC and end at Enterprise First Baptist Church. The tour will include historical information about the city, downtown and the Boll Weevil Monument. The last tour will depart at 3 p.m.

The second event is the living history showcase, which will be located in the EFUMC fellowship hall. Video interviews of long time Enterprise residents and relatives of those with a connection to the Boll Weevil Monument will discuss their memories of the monument and Enterprise history.

Enterprise City Schools, in a partnership with the city, will put on the Dr. George Washington Carver live museum from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Events on Main Venue. ECS students will present at nine different stations, which will take visitors through Dr. Carver’s life and his impact on the Wiregrass area, according to ECS Federal Programs Director Sheree Hardrick.

Residents can bring their mail to the Enterprise Post Office from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to be cancelled with a specially approved hand stamp in honor of the centennial.

At the same area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Enterprise High School students will be displaying their time capsule project. They will be showing off some of the items that will be put in the capsule. The students ask that the public bring items significant to the community and times we live in to help fill the capsule.

The Enterprise Library will host a large book signing event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring authors either from Enterprise or that have written books about subjects relating to the Boll Weevil.

Retired Alabama Supreme Court Justice Hugh Maddox, author of “Billy Boll Weevil” will be in attendance. Other authors include, Cleaster Whitehurst Mims, Rhett Barbaree, Kay Chandler, Emily Blejwas, Valinda Johnson, Mary Rollins, Betty McMurtry, Tim Greathouse, Mary Johns and Ginger Hanson.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. at the library, Enterprise High School American Studies students will be reading some of their Enterprise and boll weevil themed Christmas stories.

Residents will get a chance to visit and share memories with 102-year-old Mrs. Centennial Elizabeth Martin Allen and 96-year-old Miss Pea River Historical Society Tommye Byrd at the Pea River Historical Society from 1 to 3 p.m. Joining them will be the Enterprise Queens, Miss Enterprise Ashley Clarke, Little Miss Enterprise Adalyn Collins, Junior Miss Enterprise Aubree Warren, Teen Miss Enterprise Kaitlin Thomas, Petite Miss Enterprise Riley Warren and Future Little Miss Enterprise Jenna Grace Barrette.

From 3 until 5 p.m., at the stage near Milky Moos on East College Street will be the pre-ceremony musical performances. The Revelation Band of First United Methodist Church, wind ensemble from the Enterprise High School Big Blue Band and combined elementary school choir will perform at this time.

The Boll Weevil Monument Rededication Ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Boll Weevil Monument.

Following the ceremony at the stage near Milky Moos on East College Street will be a performance by Nashville recording artist, “The Springs.”

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