Mayor urges participation in 150th celebration

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Mount Olive Mayor Ken Talton says there are “exciting events and activities” planned throughout the year as the town celebrates its 150th anniversary.

“It is with great honor and pride that I invite you to celebrate the town of Mount Olive’s Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary on Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. at the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten St.,” the mayor said.

He noted that all area churches have been asked to simultaneously ring their bells at 2 p.m. in honor of the historic occasion.

Talton said the annual North Carolina Pickle Festival theme this year will reflect the celebration and will also offer commemorative ornaments for purchase.

The town’s three oldest churches in association with the Mount Olive Area Historical Society will hold heritage services in September, October and November.

In addition, the mayor said, Steele Memorial Library will offer van tours of historic Mount Olive in May and historical glimpses programs.

The annual July 4 celebration will be held in Westbrook Park.

“Finally, a time capsule will be buried at the end of the year. Our time capsule will consist of our program, ornament newspaper, and other miscellaneous items to commemorate this special event in the life of our town,” Talton said.

The capsule will be opened in 2070.

He said that will allow future generations to look back with admiration as they follow the example and carry on and value our hometown tradition.

“We look forward to this special occasion in the life of our town, and we hope that all will take advantage of the opportunities to learn more about the people, places, communities, and traditions that this town was built upon and sustained us for years to come,” he concluded.

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