Happy 200th birthday Gadsden County!
On Saturday, June 24, locals and even some from surrounding areas made their way to downtown Quincy to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the formation of Gadsden County.
In honor of this milestone, the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioner kicked off a series of events with a bicentennial celebration held in front of the county courthouse.
The event lasted from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The public was invited to attend free of charge, and enjoy public speakers, music, food, cake, and games.
Impact Diagnostics, TDS Net, and WoodmenLife had booths set up to inform the public about their services.
County Commissioners Kimblin NeSmith, Alonzetta Simpkins, and Ronterious Green, and Brenda Holt were present, along with county employees who staffed the event–all dressed in Gadsden 200 T-Shirts, which were also available to the public.
“This is a good reason to pull groups together in the county,” said Commissioner Holt during her closing remarks. “We are going to have a great time, but we are also going to let people know their history.”
“Our history in Gadsden County is rich with agriculture and manufacturing,” said Commissioner Simpkins in her own remarks. “We’ve had many great people who were born and raised here that go on to leave their mark on the world…The love and history in Gadsden County is passed down through oral and written communication. So we celebrate each moment, and especially this bicentennial, so that our children and grandchildren will know from whence they came.”
“Thank you for the beginning of this celebration of this great county,” said Commissioner NeSmith. “As we look back on the great history of this beautiful county, with all six municipalities, thank you for taking time to join us as we prepare for the next 200 years young. We are Gadsden strong, we are Gadsden proud, we are Gadsden excellent, and we are Gadsden great!”
Stephen Klein – Gadsden County News Service