White Co. kicks off 150th birthday celebration

By Jerry Gunn

CLEVELAND – White countians began celebrating their 150-year-old heritage Saturday
in Cleveland with a look back to the days of the American Civil War.

Confederate History and Heritage day was the first event of the White County
Sesquicentennial Celebration.

"Every year we’re seeing more and more proclamations across the state
and across the south," said Greg Pettit with the Cleveland Sons of Confederate

The ‘Virginia Reel’ blended with the bark of orders and musket fire as re-enactors
recreated a period army camp and portrayed Civil War combat complete with an authentic artillery piece.

Judy Walker with the White County Chamber of Commerce and the Sesquicentennial
committee said its all part of getting in touch with the past.

"Our slogan is that we’re celebrating the past and we’re embracing the
future and we want people to know what it was like 150 years ago," Walker

Walker said the committee has big plans for White County’s celebration, including
a downtown parade in Cleveland, concerts, a vintage car show and fireworks,
all on the list of events when the county observes its birthday in September.

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