Sesquicentennial kickoff attracts large crowd

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An estimated crowd of between 125 and 150 people attended a Monday morning kickoff to Magoffin County’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration.

An estimated crowd of between 125 and 150 people attended a Monday morning kickoff to Magoffin County’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration.
In front of a packed fiscal court meeting room and filled hallway, local and area officials spoke of Magoffin County’s formation 150 years ago, mentioned current activities, and offered hope for future endeavors.

On February 22, 1860, Magoffin County was formed from parts of Morgan, Floyd, and Johnson counties.

Local officials have planned a year-long celebration of the county’s formation, which was officially started during Monday’s meeting.

County judge-executives from Morgan – Timothy Conley, who proved to be the comedian of the group – Johnson, R.T. “Tucker” Daniel, and Floyd, R.D. “Doc” Marshall spoke during the gathering.
All three offered support and participation in the celebration while Judge-executive Conley spun a tale that brought laughter and applause.
Adam Edelen, representing the Office of the Governor was also a guest speaker, along with Magoffin County Attorney Greg Allen, who read a proclamation.
Several other proclamations were presented during Monday morning’s event, including one by Magoffin County Judge-executive Charles Hardin, MD.
The crowd also heard an impressive rendition of My Old Kentucky Home delivered by Devin Allen Helton.
Opening remarks were offered by Machelle Salyer Hardin, Sesquicentennial Committee Chairperson.
The committee is currently adding activities to the happy birthday Magoffin County list, which currently includes a tree planting in March and an April Civil War enactment.
The gathering culminated with the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Magoffin County’s creation. which was to be attached to/near the courthouse entrance.