The Evans County Centennial Tribute Event, complete with dignitaries, music, historical presentations and a giant Evans County 100th birthday cake, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Joyce NeSmith Auditorium on U.S. Highway 280 in Claxton.
"The program is going to be a tribute to Evans County - the people, places, churches, businesses and organizations that have made Evans County what it is today," said Tammi Hall, the executive director of the Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce and a Centennial Steering Committee member.
Organizers expect the program will last about an hour, and then attendees are invited to convene on the Evans County Courthouse lawn for refreshments, live music, tours of the historic courthouse and birthday cake.
Dr. Tab Smith of Tab Smith Ministries and Dr. Diane Holland, the Claxton Middle School principal, are the keynote speakers for the Centennial Tribute. Evans County Probate Court Judge Darin McCoy and Chatham County Juvenile Court Administrator Adam Kennedy will emcee the event.
During the program, Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, will formally present to the county a resolution passed in the Georgia Senate earlier this year recognizing Evans County's 100th birthday. Several state elected officials will greet the audience during the program, including U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Special music will be performed by Kelly Miller, Yvonne Hodges and Javarus Harris. The Fort Stewart color guard will present the colors during the program.
Chamber of Commerce junior board members have conducted video interviews of longtime Evans Countians and their stories of the past will be a part of the program.
Centennial commemorative items will be available for sale on the courthouse lawn after the program. Specially commissioned centennial postcards for the event will be unveiled. The United States Postal Service developed a special postmark in honor of the centennial, and it will be available in Claxton for stamped mail between Monday and Aug. 16.
The county will host a centennial parade in Claxton at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.