Berryville council approves requests for one-man band, Pioneer Days

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Berryville City Hall
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The Berryville City Council held an abbreviated meeting last week, giving approval to a pair of requests to make use of the city’s downtown square.

The first, from Gary Gunn, requested permission to perform as a one-man band, using music to “talk about Jesus.” The time requested for these events was each Saturday through the fall, for two hours after the Farmer’s Market, with the expectation that they not interfere with any other events or city functions.

The second request came from Starlene Lee and Keith Rivera on behalf of the Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, asking permission to make use of several sites in an effort to recreate “an old tradition in Berryville,” Pioneer and Heritage Days.

“This will allow us to reconnect the current to the past,” Rivera wrote in a letter to the council. “With all the efforts the City has made these past couple years, and is currently making, it’s the perfect time to bring more interest to our town.”

The Pioneer and Heritage Days event will be held Sept. 24-25 during Bikes, Blues and BBQ weekend and the final Carroll County Cruisers Cruise In of the year on the downtown square, along with Pioneer Park, Mill Creek Spring and the Berryville Community Center.

“What better time to grab the attention of people traveling through our town than when hundreds of tourists are passing through and beautiful cars are next to the highway?” Rivera wrote.

Organizers hope to have music events, generational story tellers, panning for gold, axe throwing, teepees, Native Americans, contests, craftspeople, artisans, vendors, hayrides, reenactors, and much more.

“Pioneer Days used to be one of the largest events in Berryville, if not the largest,” Rivera wrote. “After the very challenging year everyone has had, the fall seems to be the perfect time to bring back a tradition that everyone can support.”

All proceeds form the event, which is expected to draw dozens of vendors in addition to the other attractions, will go to support the Historical Society.

Both requests received unanimous approval.

In other business, Mayor Tim McKinney took time to discuss an upcoming event that will be part of the city’s annual spring cleanup efforts.

According to McKinney, the city will be sponsoring a cleanup event and picnic at Thomas Park on Saturday, April 24.

“We’re going to have kind of a cleanup day and we’d like to have any groups that are interested to contact us at city hall,” McKinney said. “We’d like to have more groups around town. We’ve got severals streets that need cleaning up.”

The cleanup efforts are expected to begin at 10 a.m., and at noon, those participating will be able to join in a special picnic at Thomas Park, located at the corner of Freeman and George streets.

“We’ll have Sandwiches in the Park,” McKinney said. “Burgers will be served and other stuff. We would encourage everyone to participate in that.”

McKinney added that any groups or businesses that would like to participate could pick out their own area to clean up and to contact City Hall to share their plans.

“If they can’t find one, I’m sure we can find one for them,” McKinney said. “We’d like to clean up the town a little bit.”

The Berryville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 20 at Berryville City Hall.

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