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Crenshaw County to host 150th birthday bash

Pictured is the Crenshaw County seal, located in the Crenshaw County Courthouse in Luverne.

Pictured is the Crenshaw County seal, located in the Crenshaw County
Courthouse in Luverne.

Next weekend, Crenshaw County will celebrate a milestone that not many are able to boast. This year, the county will see its 150th birthday, and will celebrate with a birthday bash unlike Crenshaw has seen before.

“To celebrate the sesquicentennial, the County Commission and the local Chamber of Commerce have partnered up together to host a birthday party Saturday, Nov. 19,” said David Smyth, Crenshaw County administrator.

“We are blessed beyond belief in Crenshaw County to have a governing body that truly cares about services to the citizens. Our County Commission strives daily to be proactive instead of reactive to the people’s needs.”

After discovering that the county would soon be turning 150, Smyth and the County Commission immediately began planning with the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce to put together an extravaganza.

“The Crenshaw County of Chamber Commerce is excited to partner with the Crenshaw County Commission planning our county’s 150th anniversary celebration,” said Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce President Donnie Nix.

“Who would have thought on November 30, 1866, that 150 years later, Crenshaw County would still be such a great place to raise a family, with full employment opportunities for almost all of its citizens?”

The day has been named “Crenshaw County Day” and the theme adopted for the event is, “Rejoice in our past and move forward into the future.”

Crenshaw County was formed on November 30, 1866 when 611 square miles was taken from portions of Lowndes, Butler, Covington, Coffee and Pike Counties.

In the late 1860’s, Crenshaw County land was considered infertile and too hilly for large farming programs and timber became the main industry, especially after the railroad began purchasing up right of way.  However, today educational services, healthcare and the automobile manufacturing industries account for the largest portion of the county employment.

“Since day one, Crenshaw County has always striven to provide its citizens with the very best in county government, public health, justice, emergency management and infrastructure in an effective road and bridge system.  All these services play major roles in our citizens’ lives daily,” said Smyth.

For the birthday festivities, a medley of arts, crafts and attractions will be available to the public. Currently slated are fair rides, arts and crafts vendors, t-shirts for sale and plenty of birthday cake.  Early in the afternoon, the entertainment will begin with the Crenshaw Community Choir around 4 p.m. with various artists well into the night.

Mary Sarah, who was a semi-finalist on the NBC show “The Voice” from Blake Shelton’s team, will provide special entertainment.  She, along with the others, will be performing at the old train station depot on LeGrande Avenue in Luverne.

“We are excited to celebrate years of hard work and prosperity and also to be able to honor those who have served before us and made this day possible,” said Charlie Sankey, chairman of the Crenshaw County Commission.

“We solicit citizens to come out, bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the day of entertainment while introducing our young people to the rich culture and history that is Crenshaw County.”

Throughout the day and into the evening, citizens will have the chance to sample foods, play games and enjoy a plethora of entertainers from all across the state.

 

Crenshaw County, Alabama will be 150 years old this month!  To celebrate the sesquicentennial, the County Commission and the local Chamber of Commerce have partnered up together to host a birthday party November 19, 2016.

 

There will be kiddie fair rides, vendors setting up their arts and crafts, t-shirts for sale, and plenty of birthday cake.  Early in the afternoon, the entertainment begins with the Crenshaw Community Choir around 4PM with various artists well into the night.  Special entertainment will be provided by Mary Sarah, who was a semi-finalist on the NBC show “The Voice” from Blake Shelton’s team.  She, along with the others, will be performing at the old train station depot on LeGrande Avenue in Luverne.

 

Crenshaw County was formed on November 30, 1866 when 611 square miles was taken from portions of Lowndes, Butler, Covington, Coffee and Pike counties.  Since day one, Crenshaw County has always striven to provide its citizens with the very best in County government, public health, justice, emergency management, and infrastructure in an effective road and bridge system.  All these services play major roles in our citizens lives daily.

 

In the late 1860’s, Crenshaw County land was considered infertile and too hilly for large farming programs and timber became the main industry, especially after the railroad began purchasing up right of way.  However, today educational services, healthcare and the automobile manufacturing industries account for the largest portion of the county employment.

 

“We are blessed beyond belief in Crenshaw County to have a governing body that truly cares about services to the citizens.  Our County Commission strives daily to be proactive instead of reactive to the people’s needs” said County Administrator David Smyth.  The Commission encourages all elected officials, employees and residents to come out Saturday and participate in celebrating “Crenshaw County Day” as we “Rejoice in our past and move forward into the future.”

 

“We are excited to celebrate years of hard work and prosperity and also to be able to honor those who have served before us and made this day possible.  We solicit citizens to come out, bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the day of entertainment while introducing our young people to the rich culture and history that is Crenshaw County” said Chairman Charlie Sankey.  He also thanked Commissioner’s Sport and Stephens for working with the Chamber and its’ president Don Nix on this joint venture.