"Bike-Centennial" rescheduled for July 8

By: 
Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Due to the chance of rain this Saturday, the “Bike-Centennial” will be moved to 10 a.m. until noon on July 8 along the Kitty Dill Memorial Walking Trail.
Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said the track would begin at the Civic where parking will be available, and maps, trivia and exhibits would be set up inside.
Klutts said all ages were welcome to bike or walk at the Bike-Centennial.
She said stations would be set up along the half-mile track that would feature history about Mississippi as a territory before it became a state, the Chickasaw nation, West Point as a railroad town, Barq’s root beer, West Point Native Bessie Johnson’s artwork, Delta Sigma Theta and the Underground Railroad.
Bryan Public Library Circulation Librarian Valerie Hargrove said the library would also remain a stop along the Bike-Centennial track.
Hargrove said artifacts belonging to Anna Hayford-Jones and pictures and historical information from “Images of West Point and Clay County” authored by Jack D. Elliott Jr., Elizabeth A. Calvert, and Rebecca M. Riley. would be on display beginning the week of the Bike-Centennial.
“The bike-centennial event is going to be a really great social event that will include something for every age,” Hargrove said in a previous interview. “The library will be having an exhibit on display of images of West Point and Clay County.  We will be incorporating a lot of pictures and historical information from the book ‘Images of West Point and Clay County’.  We will be just one stop on the Bike-Centennial trail and we hope everyone will come in and look around.”
Klutts said the exhibit at the library provided an opportunity for those who were unable to walk or bike to still participate in the celebration, and it offered a place for those who were walking or biking to take a break and cool off.
Klutts said there would be homemade ice cream available behind the Bryan Public Library instead of snow cones like previously planned, and live blues musicians would play at the Mississippi Blues Trail Marker.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and a chance to learn history as well as bring the community together,” Mayor Robbie Robinson said. “It is a good way to commemorate our history of being a state.”

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