COMMUNITY DAY 2018: Rain didn't stop crowds from attending

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SALYERSVILLE – The rain didn’t slow down the 15th-annual Magoffin County Community Day on Saturday, with people pouring into the park to check out the musical talent and good food, all while supporting local non-profits.

The annual event serves as a fundraiser for many Magoffin non-profit organizations, and for many, this is the biggest money-maker of the year, providing operating funds for the groups. In the previous 14 years, the Magoffin County Community Foundation has raised $1,069,567.11 through the Community Day events.

The following non-profit organizations participated at this year's Community Day: DAV,  Magoffin County Senior Citizens, Christians Care Fund, Woman’s Club, Kiwanis, South Magoffin Community Activist Group, South Magoffin Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Salyersville Fire Department, District 3 Volunteer Fire Department, Middle Fork Volunteer Fire Department, North Magoffin Volunteer Fire Department, Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department,  Miss Magoffin County Scholarship Organization, Magoffin County Youth Baseball and KY Mission Bible Training Center (KMBTC). 

While the total amount collected is still being calculated, the event was a success, with crowds braving the weather to see the musical acts, including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys, Hammertowne, Barry Abernathy (formerly of Mt Heart) and his band Appalachian Road Show for their debut performance, Black Powder Express, Terry Miller and Traveler.

The Community Foundation recognized all those who have served in the military, with a special thanks to the local Disabled American Veterans for their community service. 

On stage honoring the veterans, Magoffin County Community Foundation Chairman Scotty B. Patrick said, “Our local DAV has been active for many years, helping those in need and providing a remembrance for those who served. It was formed in 1920 and has continued to participate in community and school events, assist veterans in need and provide the final rights for those called to their final resting place. We thank them for all that they do to make our county a better place.” 

The Community Foundation also honored Albert Patrick, a World War II veteran who was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked the U.S. naval base., as well as served in many subsequent battles following the attack. Patrick, now 99 years old, has been awarded many citations and medals for his bravery, including most recently the Bronze Star Medal.

Scotty said of Albert, “His parents were Oliver and Gamma Patrick and he had nine brothers and sisters. After the war he spent most of his working career in Michigan and afterwards he returned to Eastern Kentucky, and then Burning Fork in Magoffin County. Our thanks to him may be belated, but it is sincere. We can never thank you enough.”

Scotty also presented a plaque to Henry Joseph, the local DAV commander who has held the position three times. 

“He is the son of Luster and Liza Joseph,” Patrick said of Joseph. “After graduating from KY Mountain Gospel Crusade in 1957, he joined the army and served for seven years. He worked for the Kentucky State Patrol, spent time in Michigan and after returning to Magoffin County, he joined the Royalton Fire Department in 1972 and served for 16 years. He has served on the Salyersville Water Commission since 2012. Quite a career of service.”

The Community Foundation will have a check presentation ceremony in October to disburse the funds collected on Saturday to the local non-profit organizations.