Monroe County will be celebrating the final month of its bicentennial events as the county draws closer to the day of its bicentennial on Nov. 13.
Blaina Best, the tourism director for Monroe County, shared her excitement for being able to produce events to celebrate the history of the county.
“We are super excited,” said Best. “We’ve been able to do a few different things throughout the year. It’s really nice to see the community really come together and take in the historical significance of this moment.”
The first event for the month of November started last Friday and will continue until the 13th.
“We kicked off our Bicentennial Historical Selfie Scavenger Hunt,” said Best. “We have a list of nine locations throughout the county that have significant history in our county.”
The locations of the sites have been posted on the Visit Monroe TN Facebook page and their Instagram.
“People just need to go to all nine sites and take a selfie with the site marker,” said Best. “If they post it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag History Heritage Home then if they do all nine locations they will enter a chance to win a 65 inch tv.”
Best stated the county will be hosting events on the day of its bicentennial, beginning early that morning.
“We are going to start doing different activities beginning at 9 a.m. that day,” said Best. “We realize that is a Wednesday, so we will also be doing something on the 16th since that is a Saturday.”
Best spoke about a few of the things that are currently planned for the event held on Saturday, Nov. 16.
“The 16th includes a bicentennial brunch, we’ll also have a wagon train viewing and our official bicentennial ceremony where the mayor is going to speak and give out the awards for our bicentennial art exhibit,” said Best. “We have quite a few things happening.”
The event will host several different forms of entertainment as well as free snacks.
“After the mayor speaks, we will also draw the name of the winner for the 65 inch tv,” said Best. “There will also be free cupcakes, live music, selfie stations and inflatables.”
The current list of events to be held on the 16th will be a Bicentennial Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The brunch requires a $20 paid ticket and the proceeds from it will go to the Cora Veal Senior Citizen Center in Madisonville.
The Wagon Train historic video showing will take place at the same time as the brunch.
Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram, along with special guests, are scheduled to speak at 1 p.m.
All awards will be presented during the time of the speech.
Celebrate on the Square in Downtown Madisonville is set for 1:30-3 p.m. and will be a free event.
There will also be a History, Heritage, Home art exhibit at the Cora Veal Senior Center from 1:30-4 p.m.