Moultrie Observer

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December 1, 2012

Organizers call Norman Park Veterans Day event a success

NORMAN PARK — The City of Norman Park hosted its first Veteran’s Day Celebration Nov. 10, and organizers are calling it a great success.

Organizers estimated that more than 1,000 people were in attendance. The event included a 5K run, activities for children, a pet show, live music performed by local bands, and a performance from the CCHS Jazz Band. The highlight of the day was comments made by U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, thanking the veterans of Colquitt County for their service to the country.

Mayor Bruce Norton welcomed everyone to the celebration and thanked the volunteers and local businesses who helped to sponsor the event. The national anthem was sung by Eric and Kim Rountree.

Numerous vendors were on-site selling locally made crafts and barbecue lunch plates were sold as a fundraiser for the Norman Park downtown revitalization effort. The project has established a park on what was previously a vacant lot.

In conjunction with the celebration, Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning hosted a cook-off. Contestants participated from all over the region and prepared dishes using a Lauri Jo’s product.

Joyce Conger, chairman of the Norman Park revitalization project, said, “We were thrilled to have so many people from Norman Park and surrounding communities come out and celebrate with us. Everyone involved seemed to have a great time and we are already making plans for the 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration in Norman Park.”

A team of volunteers worked for months to plan the celebration under the leadership of Leigh Hopper. Additional events and beautification projects are being planned   for downtown Norman Park.

Anyone who would like information on participating in next year’s event is encouraged to contact Norman Park City Hall at 229-769-3611.

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