City kicks off Centennial celebration


ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Rain didn’t dampen Robertsdale’s Centennial spirit as the city kicked off the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its incorporation on Sunday, July 4.

Events were scheduled throughout the day at the PZK Hall and Garrett Park, including a car and tractor show, exhibits celebrating “100 years of Robertsdale” inside the PZK Hall, and an art contest open to ages 5 to 12.

In the afternoon, events moved to Garrett Park with food trucks provided by Sweet Home Coffee and Miss K snowballs and concessions by the Robertsdale Honeybee Queens.

Opening ceremonies were conducted at Garrett Park just ahead of the rain, with the National Anthem sung by Tiffany Plato and awards were presented to art contest, car and tractor show winners.

There was also a drawing for a cooler donated by Campbell Hardware, which was won by Robina Moore.

Winners announced July 4 included:

Art contest:

Ages 5 to 8: Cullen McKinney, first place; Grady McDaniel, second; Zolo Price, third.

Ages 9-12: Karigan Chandler, first place; Olivia Parker, second; Jacob Bartle, third.

Tractor show: Robbie Ellison, first pace; Mike Ellison, second; Darrell Suddeth, third.

Car show: Patrick Duck, first place; Frankie Kucera, second; Sam Mendenhall, third.

Mayor Charles Murphy also introduced the Centennial Queens, including Virginia Boseck (not present), Emma Kate Lynn (not present), Ella Brewton, London Lace Brill, Adalyn Lyles, Addison Kucera, Matalyne Kroll and Morgan Kroll.

Entertainment was provided by Brittany Grimes and Wylie Pete, followed by the city’s annual fireworks show.

Centennial Committee Chairman Stephanie Kroll said the next event will feature a chili cookoff and memorabilia booth set up during the annual Honeybee Festival, hosted annually by the Central Baldwin Education Foundation, which is scheduled for Nov. 6.

Information will be available and tickets will go on sale for the Centennial Ball, which is set to be held Feb. 26 at the Baldwin County Coliseum. The ball will follow the theme “Roaring 20s” and attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly, Kroll said.

“We’re planning on having different shirts made to be available for the Honeybee Festival,” Kroll said, “and we will have Centennial coins available for purchase, along with other memorabilia.”

It is also hoped to have an exhibit with Centennial-themed artwork from local students at Robertsdale High School and surrounding schools following the start of the school year in August, but the event will have to be approved by school officials, Kroll said.