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Annual Fort Gay Mountain Heritage Day set for Sept. 1

Aug. 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

FORT GAY, W.Va. -- The annual Fort Gay Mountain Heritage Day is planned for Saturday, Sept. 1, and this year's event will honor John Wellman, one of the founders of Wayne County.

The day begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with a ceremony including a proclamation by Mayor Rose Devaney designating Sept. 1 as John Wellman Day and recognizing him as the father of Wayne County.

A parade will follow with the lead float featuring descendants of Wellman. Wellman died in 1865 and he and his wife are buried in a family cemetery, which is located directly in front of the new Fort Gay Elementary/Middle School that is under construction, according to John Jarrett Peters, vice president of the Wayne County Genealogical and Historical Society.

On Saturday, the lawn of the current Fort Gay Middle School will feature crafts, food vendors, games, a bounce house and slide for children. There will also be homemade ice cream, a dunking booth and a three-point basketball shooting competition.

The day will include performances by gospel and country performers, including Yesterday's Gospel, Kayla Dehart & RiverTown, The Narrow Way, Maylen Huff and the Lawrence County Ramblers.

For information, call Melissa Meredith, chairperson, at 304-648-3233 or 304-654-4178.