November 8, 2006 Edition

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Audrey Meeks (from left), Lois Watson and Viola Meadows visit in the Black Rock Museum.
Photos by Debbie Richey

Black Rock Foothills
Celebration draws crowd

Walker Sexton, age two, gets an up close and personal look at one of the antique tractors on display.

Jim Davis (right), a woodworker, shows some of his handiwork to Lewis Slaughter.

The town of Black Rock's population experienced what has become an annual increase in population over the weekend as the Black Rock Foothills Celebration was held.

The celebration includes live entertainment, informational booths, vendors and a variety of activities.

The Black Rock Senior Citizens ham and bean supper and the Black Rock Lions Club pancake breakfast are both held in conjunction with the event.

In addition, a tractor pull is held each year.

Mayor Helen Blackburn said the town used to have a festival but had dropped it for a year or two.

"The town wanted to restart some type of festival, so the Foothills Celebration began in 2002," she said. They decided to do a tractor pull to give the festival a little something extra to create interest in the event.

Wayne Blevins of Lynn was the only Lawrence Countian to participate in the pull, earning a second-place finish in the event.

In addition, the Black Rock Museum was open for visitors during the festival. The museum includes a church exhibit, a medical exhibit, a river exhibit and a school and sports exhibit.

Charles "Hoodie" and Maggie Davidson were named Mr. and Mrs. Foothills. Maggie Darris and Hoodie Davidson were born and raised between Black Rock and Powhatan and were married on July 20, 1955, by Lucian Lee of Lynn. They have two children, Dr. Charles Davidson of Jonesboro and Laura Ross of Black Rock, and five grandchildren.

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