It’s not just a family reunion at these little burgs just east of Morehead.

For Hayes Crossing and Haldeman, it’s a community reunion.

Each year, for the last 20 years, the area’s hosted a weekend festival of sorts that combines reunion events with a parade, fund-raisers and more.

And this year the 21st annual Hayes Crossing-Haldeman Community Reunion will tie in with Rowan County’s sesquicentennial celebration, said Lloyd Dean, chairman.

“We’re celebrating 150 years here, and Hayes Crossing-Haldeman is one of the oldest communities in Rowan County,” he said.

The first residents there, John and Rebecca Richards was born in 1780 — 12 years before Kentucky became a state, Dean said. They both died in 1855 when Rowan was part of the much larger Morgan County then. They are buried in the Richards Cemetery at Hayes Crossing.

The community did not have name until the railroad came in 1870, Dean said.

Then, it took its name from the Hayes family and the Haldemans, who were tied to local brickyards, he said.

Celebrating such history, the community reunion will run July 28-29 at the Hayes Crossing-Haldeman Volunteer Fire Department, which is at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Little Perry Road.

There will be a social hours 6-9 p.m. that Friday, with the local Henry May family singing. A full day of festivities is planned on Saturday.

The annual parade will line up at Big Perry Road at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29, and start at 10 a.m., ending up at the fire department. All county fire departments are invited to attend. Grand marshals are Jerry David Bowen, fire chief, and Duane Dehart, assistant chief.

Bowen, Dehart and David Burton are judges for best parade entries.

On tap for Saturday, past the family registration table and historical displays, are a horse shoe tournament, games for the children and popular fire department contests.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a camera and record the weekend events, Dean said.

Awards and entertainment will start at 1 p.m. Saturday. Some of those recognized will be the oldest, youngest, longest married couple, who traveled the farthest, teachers, principals, school board members, magistrates, firemen explorers, ladies auxiliary members and other important people, Dean said.

In fact, the yearly event also serves as a fund-raiser for the fire department’s ladies auxiliary. The auxiliary will be selling food and drinks during events.

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