Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 23, 2013

Ashland to salute vets on Memorial Day

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Ice cream always tastes better outdoors on Memorial Day in Central Park while saluting the nation’s veterans, according to Sue Dowdy of the Ashland Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We’ve been doing this now for several years. It is a small event compared to Poage Landing Days or the Winter Wonderland of Lights, and it started with Bruce Craft many years ago,” Dowdy said.

She was speaking about Monday’s annual Memorial Day Program called “Salute to Our Veterans” at the bandstand in Central Park. She said the original idea was to provide an enjoyable afternoon for those visiting friends and family in Ashland during the holiday weekend.

“We just want to give people an afternoon in Central Park to enjoy themselves,” Dowdy said.

The 4 p.m. program will include a patriotic program honoring veterans, with a performance of the national anthem by L.T. Fugeman. The event will also feature Peanuts the Clown, door prizes and inflatables for children in addition to free ice cream.

“Ice cream tastes better outside. Everyone just seems to love it,” Dowdy said, noting organizers order enough ice cream to serve 400, but have access to more if the crowd exceeds expectations.

“And, the concession stands at Central Park will be open, too,” Dowdy said, adding many may want to take advantage of heartier foods served there for an afternoon picnic in the park.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ritch Collins Three-O, Bronson Bush and Head South and Tim Holmes and the Hired Guns. Dowdy said Monday will be the first Memorial Day show in the park for many of the entertainers, except veteran performer Bronson Bush, who is moving to Nashville.

“He is ready to move. This may be the last time we get to see him for a while,” Dowdy said.

Dowdy encouraged people to bring their own seating and enjoy the day with family and friends. For more information, call (606) 329-1007.