Saturday was a perfect day for the 5th Annual Eufaula Heritage Days celebration, which included lots of entertainment, arts and crafts and classic cars.
Not to mention a parade and the always-thrilling Cruise Night.
“When I started this event five years ago it was for the citizens to kick back and enjoy themselves,” said former Mayor Selina Jayne-Dornan who hosted various ceremonies during the festival. “It was just a community event.
“This is just the beginning. I hope to see it to go on, further and further.”
This year’s festival was blessed with lots of sunshine, no wind, no rain – although Posey Park was still a little muddy from previous rains.
The park featured inflatables and pony rides for the kids; booths, tents, tables, concessions and stuff of all kinds for sale.
Many organizations took the opportunity to promote their groups, such as Lake Eufaula Playhouse, Lake Eufaula Association, Hope Haven Animal Rescue, E.W.F. (Elderly Without Families) and the Eufaula Area Museum.
Across the highway, The Lawbreakers and Peacemakers performance group from Fort Smith, Ark., recreated a wild west town and performed shootouts throughout the day.
And nearby, next to the First Baptist Church, the Lake Vette Club of Eufaula set up a display of some of the sweetest looking classic cars ever made.
Of course one of the highlights of the day was the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Heritage Days.
This year’s royalty were Vera L. Jones, Ms. Heritage Days, and Ira Lee Shine, Mr. Heritage Days, both longtime residents of Eufaula.
“I love them both,” Dornan said. “They are both so sweet and a constant inspiration to young and old alike. They both represent the foundation of our community.”