Moreland cleaning up for April 28 Heritage Day

By W. Winston Skinner
Moreland will be sprucing up this weekend in preparation for an annual celebration of the community’s rich history next weekend.
The annual observance of Moreland Heritage Day will be held April 28. A community cleanup will be held this Saturday. Volunteers will gather at the Moreland Mill at 9 a.m.
A number of events are scheduled for April 28 with a parade at the centerpiece. The parade will line up at Moreland Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start time. Josh Evans, who is mayor of the town and president of the Moreland Community Historical Society, said Stevie B’s Pizza is participating in the project this year – providing candy and coupons for the parade and for prizes for events later in the day.
“I’m really excited. Its only our third year, but we’re really growing it,” Evans said.
A number of groups have already signed up for the parade. Smokey the Bear will be there, and the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance is bringing an antique car.
Evans said the society has “more people signed up” than ever for the parade.

Anyone who wants to participate in the parade may contact Evans at 678-378-1432. Evans said it also is fine for people to just show up at the elementary school at 9:30.

Several events are planned for the town square following the parade. Ralph Lynch and friends will be singing, and there also will be music by Lance Mapp, a Moreland resident. Dan Loftin will oversee an authentic Confederate era campsite.

“We’re going to have some old timey games,” Evans said. Prizes will be awarded.

There also will be a contest for the best dressed man and woman in old-fashioned attire from any period of history. “We don’t have a specific era,” Evans said. “We’ve got some trophies for the to three parade entries and the best dressed man and woman.”

Evans said the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office will bring its canine unit to the event.

Evans said he hopes people who come to Heritage Day will bring recipes for the planned MCHS cookbook. The society is collecting recipes through May 1 in hopes of having the cookbook ready for giving at Christmas.

April 28 “will be a great day for people to come and learn about our history,” Evans said.

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