September 16, 2009 9:54:00 AM
Saturday brings a day of fun, food, and entertainment for Hamilton residents and visitors.
Hamilton Appreciation Day will be held Sept. 19 at the Hamilton School football field; events begin at 11 a.m. and include a drawing for $5,000 and a performance by Dirt Brothers.
In 1990, Hamilton Appreciation Day began as a way to generate funds to improve the local school, but has since escalated into an event which has raised $750,000 for improvements, provides recognition to outstanding citizens and an opportunity for families and neighbors to spend a day together.
Over the past 20 years, the 15-member committee behind Hamilton Appreciation Day has been responsible for providing computers for Hamilton''s classrooms, contributions to athletic fields, supplying air conditioning for the school gymnasium, purchasing books for the school library and other improvements.
Additionally, the group has helped provide funding for the Hamilton public library and plans to install welcome signs on north and south ends of town.
Each year, the committee recognizes a retired man and a retired woman, both 65 years old or older, who have made a contribution to the community.
"We''ve worked very hard," said Carla Ross, a member of the Hamilton Appreciation Day committee. "We''re looking forward to it and have a lot of great vendors, about 40 to 50. It''s to better our community and it''s fun for the whole family."
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