Soggy Saturday doesn’t stop Ruritan gathering

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Neither a global pandemic nor a healthy summer shower could stop the 23rd annual Spring Place Community Festival on Saturday.

The event, which is sponsored by the Spring Place Ruritan Club and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, raised approximately $5,000 for the preservation of the old Methodist Church building, which was built in 1875.

A 2001 Subaru Outback was auctioned for $2,000 according to Tim Howard. The auction, which Howard said always draws a good crowd, included an assortment of other items. Also bringing in revenue were food sales, a flea market and Historical Society merchandise.

Among the special guests on Saturday were national Ruritan Clubs President Linward Hedgspeth. Hedgspeth praised the Spring Place club for its 70 years of community service.

Howard said attendance was down from previous years, no doubt in large part due to COVID-19 worries and the dark clouds which swept over the region on Saturday morning.

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