Thursday, October 16, 2008

Southern Crittenden County News: Oct. 16, 2008

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Dycusburg Day was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, with quite a few in attendance. A silent auction and several raffles were held throughout the day, while Jeannie Griffin and Michelle Henderson grilled. The Dycusburg Baptist Church passed out free water and tracts. Carol Strilko of New Lenox, IL, had an impressive display of Avon products.

At noon, a parade went through town three times, with sirens blaring from fire trucks and the sheriff's vehicle while candy was thrown to people along the streets. Children enjoyed playing on the inflatables throughout the day, and also were mesmerized by the magician, Tommy Rushing. In the afternoon, "Living Proof" performed a gospel singing.

A Little Miss and Master Dycusburg contest was held, and Dylan Strilko (son of Tom and Becky Strilko of New Lenox, IL) and Aliyah Frutiger (daughter of Jenny Patton) took home a trophy and $50 savings bonds.

The Crittenden County Genealogical Society held the second half of its meeting at the Dycusburg Methodist Church where Matthew T. Patton gave a brief talk on the history of Dycusburg. After the talk, the group headed to the Dycusburg Veteran's Memorial Park site where the old city hall once stood. The next stop was the Dycusburg Cemetery to look at interesting graves throughout the graveyard. It was a neat sight to see so many people in the cemetery at one time walking around and looking at the graves. A number of graves are in need of repair at the cemetery, and the group also noticed a peculiar moss on many of the stones.

At 6 p.m., the group "Gunner T" came back to rock the town. Several sat on lawnchairs and haybales to enjoy their music, while many danced in the streets.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to thank all of the numerous sponsors who helped make the day a success.

Several attended Sunday School at Seven Springs, with more arriving for preaching.

Gary Dycus and Renata Smotts of Cameron, TX drove an RV up to Dycusburg, arriving on Friday. Gary is studying his ancestry, found and decided to motor the more than 800 miles to partake in Dycusburg Day.

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