• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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This Memorial Day weekend had everyone checking their phones to see when the next rain shower was going to hit town. However, the threat of rain did not stop a thing as the first big event of the weekend took place Friday night at the old rock quarry located at Walter Bradley Park. The first "Movie Night at the Quarry" ushered in the Memorial Day weekend as 100 or more parents, children, and a dog or two packed up their bug spray, blankets, lawn chairs, and a flashlight or two and gathered at the quarry to watch the Disney movie Sing. The event was kicked off around a campfire as announcements were made and the younger visitors to the quarry began to take to the various trails around the park playing hide-and-go seek and just exploring the pathways to see where they led. There was a story-telling time and a few other children's activities that took place while waiting for the quarry to darken enough for the movie. Then it was show time as the movie was projected on a recently hung screen and the Disney magic filled the park with lots of smiling faces. Saturday morning wasn't much different than Friday as far as the weather watching went. Weather radars everywhere were showing storm centers heading to Midway as 2,000 or more bicycle riders came through town for the Horsey Hundred. Three of the mapped-out routes for the rides made their way to the Midway Methodists Church at the rest stop located there. As soon as the riders were making their way back to Georgetown after their rides, tents were being set up downtown for Larry Cory and the Passport Band. It was drizzling a bit as the band set up but everyone chose to ignore the rain gods and go on with the show. There have been bigger crowds for this event but it was evident that those who participated enjoyed the music, visiting the shops, and winning lots of prizes. One of the more solemn events in Midway takes place at the Midway Cemetery on Memorial Day morning. This event has taken place since 1998, a year after the memorial was dedicated July 4, 1997. This event is hosted by the City of Midway and made possible by those who volunteer each year to help organize the program. Memorial Day services normally honor those that have died in military service. However, the Midway service is in remembrance of those who have died in the service of their country while the program also recognizes those who attend the program and have served in the military. I would like to recognize Midway natives Jimmy and Johnny Murphy, who continue to return to Midway to place flags at the headstones of every veteran in the Midway cemeteries. The Midway Memorial recognizes Midway veterans from the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, both World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Iraq War, and Afghanistan. This weekend will also have a few things going on. Woodford County Pride Picnic and Midway Fairness ordinance will have its second anniversary celebration this Sunday, June 4, at Walter Bradley Park. The event, organized by Woodford County Fairness, will begin at 2 p.m. There will be organized games for everyone along with food. Fried chicken and water will be provided and it is requested that those attending bring a side dish. Music will be provided by Blake Jones. This is a public event and everyone is invited.

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