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Founders’ Day coming back!

SALYERSVILLE – Salyersville City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 19, discussing Founders’ Day and setting the tax rate.

The city agreed to keep the tax rates the same. The council also agreed to keep the line of credit with Salyersville National Bank for $50,000, which is used if money runs tight before they start collecting taxes. Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd said they’ve not had to use the line of credit the last two years, but did three years ago.

Shepherd said he met with the Magoffin County Historical Society and asked if the annual festival could be named Founders’ Day, again, and after two meetings, they have agreed, making this year the first since 2013 the county festival will go by that name.

He said 10 food booths have already signed up, there will be a craft show on Saturday, a car show, music, fireworks and more are already in the works, with the city looking for sponsors. Pageants, pet show, and the traditional activities will be scheduled, as well. The theme will be “Heroes Work Here,” featuring the frontline workers who continued working during the pandemic. They will remember the first two families of Salyersville, the Adams and Praters.

During his mayor’s report, Shepherd said the Fourth of July festivities went great, with the parade having a good turnout and no complaints on the fireworks. He said there was a great crowd at the watermelon social and the cornhole tournament.

He also commended the Hillbilly Christmas in July ride that came through town on Sunday, raising money for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Community Day is slated for August 21, Shepherd said.

Shepherd said there will be a day next week giving food for free for the community, with Mayor Shepherd, his brother, and Judge Wireman serving hotdogs at Ramey Memorial Park. The date will be announced later this week.

The next Salyersville City Council meeting is slated for August 16, at 6:30 p.m.

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