Celebrating Summer Shade – 4th Annual Founders Day

Ron Underwood, who spearheaded the event. Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

Jennifer Moonsong

Central Division

General Manager

Jobe Publishing, Inc.

 

A cool breeze and overcast sky didn’t keep Metcalfe County residents from coming out and enjoying the festivities at the 4th Annual Founders’ Day held May 8th.

“I think this year did better than I was expecting. We had a good turnout that stayed around most of the day. People were on the benches and sidewalks talking, it looked like the town was alive,” said Ron Underwood, who spearheaded the invention of this celebration.

Barbecue, arts and crafts vendors, and a convoy were all part of the fun. As always, local pickers were a favorite.

“The musicians did a great job with the entertainment, my thanks to the volunteers that played and for their professionalism,” said Underwood.

Not only does the event pay homage to the southern hamlet’s history and heritage, it helps to revitalize the local economy.

“All the participating businesses reported being very busy throughout the day. The crafts booths all did well and are planning to come back,” he added.

Already, plans for next year are underway. Excitement is abuzz, as 2022 will mark Summer Shade’s 150th year.

“We are starting to outline the event for next year. With the next year being 150 years for Summer Shade, I believe we need to go further and really celebrate it,” said Underwood.

“We are planning some merchandise with the Summer Shade 150 year logo, probably will bring in some professional bands, have a parade, maybe fireworks.”

He stressed that volunteers willing to plan and execute the event will be crucial to the success of the event.

“I would really like to see some younger people helping plan and execute. If we are going to continue this tradition we need some others to step up and help,” he said.

A convoy of cars passed through Summer Shade’s main drag. Next year promises a parade. Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

Crowded streets are always a welcome sight in a small town.  Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

Steve Scherer examples his blown glass artwork.                    Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

Brothers and fellow pickers, Joe and Eddie. Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

Summer Shade native Michael Welsh talks about old times in his hometown. Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

Cash Fugate of Cash’s Store with his artwork. Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

Picking songs for the crowd.  Photo by Jennifer Moonsong

This year’s “Honorary Mayor” of Summer Shade went to Dale Rowlett. Photo submitted

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