The City of Caneyville is planning to start a new annual “Caneyville Days” event this summer in conjunction with the the grand opening of the restored old Caneyville High School, newly renamed the Caneyville Purple Flash Center.
During the regularly scheduled Caneyville City Commission meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, Friends of Caneyville High School Member Marilyn Templeman suggested hosting a “Caneyville Days,” which would include a number of attractions, such as a car show, inflatables, three-point shoot-out, concessions, and live music.
Caneyville City Commissioner Mike Geary, who has spearheaded the restoration of the old Caneyville High School into the Caneyville Purple Flash community center, said he supported holding such an event but would prefer that the first annual Caneyville Days be held in conjunction with the community center’s grand opening this June.
Geary said he would also like it to be an all-day event—possibly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.— with the festivities beginning outside and tours of the community center being offered throughout the day.
Caneyville native and American Idol contestant Elvie Shane Payton is expected to headline the music portion of the event.
Leading up to Payton’s performance, music will be held outside. Then, later in the day, Payton will perform inside the school, and an admission fee will be charged.
“I think it would draw a big crowd,” said Templeman. “I think it would be good for Caneyville.”
Provided the date does not conflict with any other community events, the first annual Caneyville Days and Caneyville Purple Flash Center grand opening are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 25.
“This is going to be as big as the [Caneyville Fair],” said Caneyville Mayor James Embry, of the event.
In other business:
*The annual Boy and Girl Scout Pinewood Derby will be held inside the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center Saturday evening, Feb. 13 at around 6 p.m.
Concessions will be provided.
*Geary announced that the City of Caneyville’s annual Easter program will be held March 18, 19, and 25 at 7 p.m. at the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center.
*Templeman announced that the City of Caneyville’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held at the Caneyville Purple Flash Center grounds on Saturday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m., weather permitting.
If there is inclement weather, the Easter egg hunt will be moved to the following Saturday at the same time.
*The City Commission approved a bid from Quality Home Restorations for labor to cover a small portion of the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center’s roof.
The $2,800 bid was the lowest bid received. Materials for the work will come from Caneyville Builders.
*The City Commission approved a request from Friends of Caneyville High School Member Brad Mudd to hold a spring wreath-making class at the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center on Saturday, March 5 at 12:00 p.m..
The cost to participate in the class will be $45 per person, $10 of which will benefit the old school’s restoration.
Citizens may register for the class at Caneyville City Hall until Friday, March 4.
*Dan Drane, CPA, of Drane & Company, PLLC, presented the City of Caneyville’s annual audit report, which was a clean opinion with no difficulties or misstatements.
*Geary said the Grayson County Historical Society will tour the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center to see the restoration progress on Tuesday, March 8 at around 7 p.m.
Geary said he plans to show the historical society a number of other historical buildings in Caneyville that evening, as well.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.