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October 16, 2021

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Letter to the Icon: Thank you to McGuffey supporters

The McGuffey Memories Historical Society submitted the follow letter thanking participants in the August 28 celebration of McGuffey's 125th anniversary.

The Ada VFW  started our festivities with raising the flag and honoring lost soldiers.  We were located in the USV school parking lot. The USV teacher’s union created games for the children.  We had  a pet photo contest,  a children’s train, face-painting by CEF,  goats to pet, and 4 bounce houses. McGuffey Church of Christ provided free ice cream and McGuffey Freewill Baptist provided free juice and water for the children.

Our 50/50 drawing winner, Kim Pittinger, donated half of his winnings back to the festival and it was his birthday!

Hardin County Restorers and Collectors displayed their antique tractors. Hardin County Sheriff’s Department donated their time to keep everyone safe.  McGuffey’s Fire Department and USV EMS displayed trucks and were on stand-by. USV FFA passed out free snow cones to the kids.  We had live music….Noteworthy and Dyers from Ada performed.  We also had Jeff Newland, the Faulkners, Osborne Sisters, Living Water, Don Webb, Linda O’Brien, Vernie Rowe, and Awakening Praise Band.  Guests enjoyed the car show and shopping at craft vendor booths. One of them was a USV alumni who is an author.  Rams Roost and food trucks were available for snacks.

Fireworks were shot by Mike Comstock and  his tech team. This picture is Richard Spradlin on the left.  He sponsored the car show. Here he is handing a plaque to Cody Logan thanking Invenergy for sponsoring the fireworks. 

 It was Richard’s dream to have fireworks and only fitting that he be in this picture.

 So, with the help of all the area sponsors and the dedication of our members it happened!   We had many community sponsors and grateful for each and everyone of them. So many of them, that we are afraid we may miss one. We appreciate them all. We hope you know we could not have done it without you!

Marianna Watts, McGuffey Memories Historical Society