By Jack Gurner
COFFEEVILLE – “Where old friends gather” is a saying long associated with Coffeeville. And, that will be the case this weekend when the town celebrates it 175th birthday.
“We expecting a couple of thousand folks to show up,” said Tyler Wortham, Director of the Coffeeville Chamber of Commerce. “We’re looking for it to be a major event. Not just for us, but for the whole county.”
Wortham added that about 70 vendors had signed up for the daylong celebration which kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a welcome by Mayor Mack Burns at the new downtown bandstand.
Musical entertainment will continue throughout the day beginning after the welcome with the Tiny Daycare Music Makers. At the same time on Front Street the General Coffee Car Show will be getting underway along with the quilt show at the fire station.
The headquarters of the Yalobusha Historical Society in the former Presbyterian Church on Depot Street will open at 9 a.m. and remain open throughout the day. Light refreshments and local history will be served to guests.
Starting at 10 a.m. church tours will be offered including the Bethlehem M. B. Church on Hwy. 7 and the Kingdom Movement Community Church on Center Street.
At noon the Friends of the Library will begin their book sale at the Library on Main Street.
Tours of the Coffeeville Courthouse will begin at 1:30 at the front door on Main Street. There will be two 30 minute tours featuring the building’s history.
At 3 p.m. the Crank It Up contest will fire up at the Fire Station on Front Street. At the same time the Coffeeville High School 1933-1970 class reunion will get underway across town at the Multipurpose building on Hwy. 7.
Finishing off the day will be the street dance from 7 until 11 p.m. featuring the Krackerjacks. Bring your lawn chairs, sponsors say.
Coffeeville’s birthday celebration has been recognized by the Mississippi House of Representatives with a proclamation that was issued Monday.
Speaker Billy McCoy and Representative Tommy Reynolds congratulate the Town of Coffeeville on the occasion of its 175th anniversary of its founding, the document states.
For more information about the celebration, contact the Coffeeville Chamber of Commerce at Coffeeville@bellsouth.net or 662-675-8385.