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Gretna to celebrate 100 years

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By Alice Du Pont

The city of Gretna will celebrate its 100th anniversary this month and the centennial committee has pulled out all the stops for a celebration June 6-9.

"The mayor, centennial committee and the citizens are excited about this week and we invited the entire Gadsden County community to come and help us celebrate," said Antonio Jefferson, city manager.

Activities begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with a parade and the Gretna Family & Friends Festival. The mile-long procession will begin at city hall and end at Gretna Elementary School. Jefferson said all parade floats will be eligible for a cash prizes of $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. It's still not too late to enter. Call Jefferson at 850-856-5257 to participate.

The festival will include activities for all ages.

"People will also enjoy free food catered by Divine Grace restaurant, and musical entertainment will be provided by groups like The Chapter, Crooked Shooz, Octavia Williams and the African-Caribbean Dance Theatre," Jefferson said.

On Sunday at 11 a.m., deceased former elected and appointed officials will be honored during a memorial service at Beulah Hill Baptist Church.

The culminating activity of the celebration will be held Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Gretna Elementary School. The semiformal event will be dedicated to people who have played a significant role in Gretna's past, present and future. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Tallahassee Boys Choir. Jefferson said invited guests include Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, former representative Curtis Richardson and Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young.