Lewis County began their 200th birthday celebration last week with a concert, pageant, and a parade. Over 200 units were in the parade, held last Saturday in Weston.
The concert was held at Lewis County High School, with a community choir, jazz band, percussion ensemble, LC Blue, The Minuteman Melodics, Dazzling Diamonds, and a solo by Cinda Jamison. The LCHS JROTC presented the colors as LCHS Choir Instructor Martina Norman gave a flawless performance of the National Anthem.
Sesquicentennial Queen Barbara Hathaway commented after the show on the exceptional talent Lewis County has. Hathaway shared her memories of the 1967 celebration with the audience, as well.
The pageant was held at the Masonic Lodge, with categories ranging from Little Miss to Classic. Jenna Sprouse was crowned Bicentennial Queen. Sprouse will have this honor for the next 50 years and will be a part of the 250th Sestercentennial event.
In 1967, Hathaway did not get to keep her crown. This year pageant director, Vicki Kerrigan, presented Hathaway with her own crown to keep.
Adrianna Boggs won the Little Miss division, Ella Barnette won the Junior Miss division, Ava Belt won the Preteen division, Shyanna James won the Teen division, Brianna McClain won the Ms. division, Samantha Matos won the Mrs. division, and Teresa Hathaway won the Classic division. All winners rode in the parade Saturday.
Lewis County Administrator Cindy Whetsell said of the parade, “It was a collaborative effort by many amazing individuals, including but not limited to the 200th Birthday Planning Committee, LC First, and all parade participants and spectators.” Roughly 1,000 people were in the parade, with thousands of spectators lining the streets. Hathaway served as parade marshal.
Agnes Queen thanked everyone on the planning committee, saying last week’s events could not have happened without them.
“Thank-you for all of your hard work and dedication,” she said.
Committee member Barbara McVaney added, “This event brought an entire county together to celebrate the birthday of Lewis County. I was blown away with the number of groups and organizations who came to participate.”
More events are being planned, including a bank robbery reenactment in November. The county’s birthday celebration will culminated with the burying of the time capsule at the courthouse on Dec. 18.