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Valley Grande gets new marker

Valley Grande held its seventh annual Founder’s Day on Saturday.

The expected rain held off and crowds gathered to enjoy themselves and see the unveiling of a new monument for the city.

“It’s really nice,” said Judy Smitherman, a resident of Valley Grande for the past 35 years. “This brings together all of the people in the neighborhoods that you don’t usually get to see. It means that once a year you get to see everybody.”

According to Valley Grande Mayor Tom Lee, this year’s Founder’s Day had more participation than ever before.

“It has been busy from the time I got here just before 9 (am),” said Lee. “It turned out to be one of the prettiest days we have had. There are more booths, and more food and a bigger variety than what we have ever had.”

The city had entertainment from local bands, youth groups and gospel singers.

The city also held a poster contest and will present cash prizes to the winners at the schools.

“It looks like everyone has just been wandering around enjoying it,” said Lee. “Just a lazy, laid back day which is what we planned this for.”

Founder’s Day brought more than the citizens of Valley Grande together.

“I’ve come every year except for last year,” said Christine Epperson, a vendor from Maplesville. “You meet all kinds of people out here. Everyone has been wonderful. I get to sell my product, but I get to talk to different people.”