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Published: Monday, 2/18/2013

Delta lays plans for a year full of history, activities

Events to celebrate sesquicentennial

BY KELLY McLENDON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

DELTA — A chicken that dropped on Main Street on New Year’s Eve got the history rolling and coming to life in this Fulton County community as it marks its sesquicentennial with a myriad of activities in 2013.

Celebrating the village’s 150th birthday is a matter of importance on several levels, including its historical importance, said Mabel Hudson, events chairman.

She noted that Delta, settled in 1834, is the oldest village in Fulton County.

On a petition of 60 residents of Delta, the village was incorporated on Aug. 3, 1863, according to information on the village’s Web site.

Marking that milestone is “important because of the economy and everything. I think it’s important to do something and bring people together.”

Ms. Hudson, who was appointed sesquicentennial chairman by Delta’s mayor, has been working with about 15 other committee members for a year to plan the festivities.

“I was the coordinator for a history book of Delta, back in ’88-’89. So the mayor had called me and asked me if I would chair this event,” she said.

Ms. Hudson said the events, which extend until October, are aimed at everyone from elementary students to older residents.

Village residents started the year’s festivities off with the chicken drop on Main Street on New Year’s Eve.

“That got quite a bit of attention all over, with that chicken,” Ms. Hudson said.

The second event is slated for 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Three bands will play, and food will be served at the American Legion Hall, 5939 State Rt. 109.

Several historical displays will be highlighted during the year, said Ms. Hudson, who pointed out that the committee has relied on the village’s older residents to fill in historical details about the community, which has had many names, including Tadmore, Tadpole, Greensprings, Fingerville, and Slab Shanty.

Deciding to fuse a diverse set of events with history was an easy task for the team.

“We just kind of decided on what things we could do, and try to bring our history into it,” she said. “In April, we’re going to have a spaghetti dinner and a history day at the high school, and we’re hoping that this will involve the high school kids in learning about Delta's history.”

Calling it a “roundtable of Delta history,” Ms. Hudson said the event will be informative in nature. There will be no admission fee for the festivities, she said.

Several events slated for summer include a park picnic and the Delta Chicken Festival. Fall events include a garden tour, a tailgate party, and an apple dumpling festival.

The sesquicentennial is all about fostering a stronger community, Ms. Hudson said.

“I think it’s important to kind of do something and bring people together and have some good, clean entertainment, you know.”

For information about the celebration, visit villageofdelta.org.



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