This Saturday, the small town will celebrate its past and look toward its future as it recognizes its centennial.
The celebration will include inflatables, games, food vendors and arts and crafts. There will also be a tent set up for past graduates of Sipsey to reunite with old classmates. The celebration will be held at the ball field behind Sipsey Town Hall and begins at 9 a.m. A limited number of booth spaces are still available until Wednesday for a cost of $25.
“We’re hoping for people to just come out and have a good time,” Mayor Anita Sanders said.
Around 4 p.m. the city will unveil the new monument at town hall, dedicated in memory of Pam and Jr. Jett, the two residents who died in last year’s tornado. The monument will also be dedicated to everyone whose lives were changed by the storms and to everybody who aided in the recovery efforts.
The town will also dedicate a second bench to its miners memorial. There is already a monument and one bench, but there were so many names that another bench is being added. Sanders also said there are plans to erect a veteran’s monument later this summer. The city is currently accepting names to be put on that monument for $10 per name.
“That way we cover our miners, which the town was built on and our veterans, which the country was built on,” Sanders said.
One part of the celebration that was planned was the opening of a time capsule buried in 1989 at the first town celebration. There is just one problem with that — no one remembers exactly where it was buried. Several attempts to locate it have failed and the city has brought in help to attempt to locate it.
“We’ve got a metal detector out there,” Sanders said with a laugh. “Hopefully we will find it by Saturday and be able to uncover and open it up to see what they buried in 1989.”
Sanders added that the newer capsule, buried a couple of years ago, is well marked for future generations to find with ease.
Anyone interested in adding a name to the veteran’s monument or renting a booth space at the celebration can call Sipsey Town Hall at 205-648-8754.