Old Timer’s Jubilee 2017 Recap

The Gretna Merchants Association continued its annual tradition of hosting the Old Timer’s Jubilee this year on Saturday, October 21.

The event included the annual baby and children’s contest, cruise in, arts and crafts vendor booths, and plenty of community support from local fire departments, civic organizations, businesses, and volunteers.

Winners of the baby contest are, in the 0-11 months category: Adyline Raye Bailess, daughter of Victoria Roach and Jacob Bailess, and Maximus Augustus Lucy, son of Blake and Rebecca Lucy; one year: Lena Mae Mitchell, daughter of Justin Mitchell and Whitney Mays, and Ryder Watson, son of Heather Henry and Sammy Watson; two years: Charlie Elizabeth Phelps, daughter of John Phelps, and Remington Watson, son of Heather Henry and Sammy Watson; three years: Kylie Seamster, daughter of Amber Seamster, and Braxton Hudson, son of Natalie and Eddie Hudson; four years: Remi Hodges, daughter of Hayley Hodges, and Jacob Hilldrup, son of Linda and Jamie Hilldrup.

Kenley Sophia Bandy, daughter of Mark and Candice Bandy of Gretna, was crowned Little Miss Old Timer 2017. There was no Little Mister Old Timer crowned this year.

The Old Timer’s Jubilee Baby Contest and Little Mister and Miss Old Timer were sponsored by Gretna Little Theatre and co-sponsored by Mount Airy Elementary PTO.

More than 300 cars were featured in the cruise in, which was organized by Tim Vasser for the benefit of Gretna Volunteer Fire Department.

The Old Timer’s Jubilee was coordinated by merchant members Deborah Moran and Jim and Susan Hunt.

“I would like to especially thank Audie Meadows for setup and use of his sound system and for being master of ceremonies for the event, Candy Brooks for decorating the stage, Ronnie Coles for providing shuttle service to Yates Tavern, Glen Shelton for providing a special concert from 3 to 5 p.m., and all of the people who came out and supported the Jubilee,” Moran said.

Gretna’s Historic Yates Tavern was open for tours during the event as part of Pittsylvania County’s 250th Anniversary this year.

For more information about Gretna Merchants Association, visit www.gretnanow.org.