Barlow - This being the first year Barlow Day has been celebrated on just one day as opposed to two days, Barlow Day was filled with fun, food, and entertainment for all of those who took advantage of the good weather to enjoy the last day of summer.
Beginning with a parade featuring Matt and Mike Haney of Hillbilly Stills Copper King as the Grand Marshalls, the day attracted every one of all ages.
Several children lined the stage in front of the old City Hall as they tried to capture the crown of Barlow Day. Gunner Sinks took the title of Prince (13 months-3 years), and Lily Blankenship was named Princess. The title of Little Master and Little Miss went to Trace Tucker and Tessa Crawford respectively. Tessa must have known she had stolen the show when she pointed her foot and struck a pose. Trace had a little trouble keeping his crown from sliding down over his eyes.
After a day filled with food and games as well as Gospel Singing by For Him & Faithful 3, two memorial benches were dedicated. One bench was dedicated to Annette and Nathaniel “Buster” Rollins. Members of the Batts/Rollins family wanted to express their appreciation to Annette and Nathaniel “Buster” Rollins for the way they lived their lives and the example they set for others. “Buster” was well known as an expert in the farming community.
“They were a quiet hard-working couple who did more than their share of community service and charitable giving,” said the Rollins’ family.
Annette and Nathaniel were both held in high esteem; “Buster” was a deacon in the Barlow Baptist Church and Annette was a teacher—in school as well as in church activities.
The second bench was dedicated to Maurice and Clifford Rollins. They were also known as a dedicated hard-working farm couple that made a living off of the land. Maurice and Clifford Rollins were known on both sides of their family as the “go-to” couple for advice, whether it be about farming, tax advice, financial support, or counseling.
Maurice and Clifford also have a special connection with Barlow Park in that at one time, they owned the parcel of land on which the park is located.
Mayor John Wood said the addition of the benches to the park is just a phase of an –ongoing project. “Being considered is a Memorial Walk to be added to the area between the Memorial benches with the possibility of offering interested citizens an opportunity to purchase an engraved brick in memory or in honor of family and friends,” said Wood.
The Barlow City Park is a tribute to two former mayors. The concept was started under Betty Scott and further developed under Ruth Negley.
After the dedication, The Backwater Band provided entertainment for the evening.