Hundreds flocked to Blyth to celebrate its 140th - Aug. 3, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Events set to celebrate Blyth’s 140th anniversary reunion over the weekend brought hundreds of visitors to the community and resulted in a surplus that organizers hope to funnel back into the community.
The celebration was a resounding success according to committee chair Crystal Taylor, who said every event was well attended.
“From the rededication of Blyth Memorial Hall to the church service on Sunday, there were a lot of people out for ever event,” she said.
The rededication saw Blyth Memorial Hall, a living cenotaph, blessed and the event recognized the amount of work put into the structure with ongoing renovations that started last September.
Following the rededication, a special Huron County Health Unit event was held at Blyth Lions Park. The event included an outdoor movie night and activities. By the time the film, The Lego Batman Movie, began, Taylor says there were well over 100 people at the event.
“There were people still coming at 9:30 p.m., just before the film started,” she said.
On Saturday, at a barbecue dinner that was part of the event, more than 130 meals were served. A special entertainment event and lunch event was also held at Blyth Lions Park by Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company that Taylor said was very well attended.
“Brock Vodden did a bang-up job with his history presentation downtown,” she said. “I’m told there were lots of people there to enjoy the event.”
The outdoor church service on Sunday was also well received, Taylor said.
In the end, the event should clear its operating costs and have a sizable profit, Taylor said. During a special Blyth Business Improvement Area (BIA) meeting on Monday night, she said she would push to have those funds donated to the Blyth Lions for ongoing improvements to Blyth Lions Park.