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Ashland city manager Michael Graese speaks during a commission meeting. KEVIN GOLDY | THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

ASHLAND Attending the Old Timer’s Breakfast is a two-decade-long tradition for Mary Smith.

Smith, 91, started going to the Old Timer’s Breakfast more than 20 years ago, and she has been an activist for the event as well. She doesn’t see enough events for the elderly in the area, and she believes the event is important for all the members of the community.

“How many things are out there for old timers to do?” Smith said. “Its very important for them, and we always have a good attendance. We have people out of town come. Last year, there was a 100-year-old guest.”

The annual breakfast is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Elks Club on Carter Avenue.

The event happens each October and offers prizes, food and guest speakers for those who come to the event. It is for those born in Boyd County 50 or more years ago or for those who have been a resident for the last 40 years. The event is described as a “gathering of old friends” and is anticipated every year by those who attend.

Smith said her favorite part of the event was eating the food and listening to the different speakers. She said the food is delicious. The speeches are always interesting, she said.

City Manager Mike Graese is this year’s special guest. Old Timer’s president, Mayor Steve Gilmore, picked Graese to speak.

“(I picked Graese for) a lot of reasons,” Gilmore said. “He is an outstanding public speaker. He is going to talk about our city and mention his military career which is something the folks there will enjoy.”

“I am looking forward to see the city manager and to hear his speech,” Smith said.

Graese is excited to come to the event so he can connect with the citizens of Ashland.

“I want to provide them an update on things going on in the city and what this job has meant to me. Connecting with the people who have been here is the part I’m looking forward to the most,” Graese said.

“It’s a good time and I think everyone enjoys it,” Smith said.

“It’s a great event,” Gilmore said. “It is very important for the people in this area.”

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