PROCTORVILLE — The town of Proctorville will celebrate its centennial this Saturday with plenty of festivities, including what is being called its first-ever parade.
“Proctorville has got a lot of history to it,” Mayor Allen Fowler said. “The first thing is there hasn’t been a parade in Proctorville in its history. There may have been something many many years ago.”
The parade will begin at 11 .m. with, appropriately enough, an expected 100 participants. It will be followed by remarks by dignitaries at the First Baptist Church.
Exhibits will be set up in the community center and there will be static displays at the fire station.
“We’re going to have a lot of old pictures blown-up big-sized so people can walk around and see,” Fowler said.
The town, which was incorporated on March 7, 1913, once had an elementary school, a high school and a bank.
“Most people who grew up here make up 60 to 70 percent of the community,” he said. “It’s a quiet little community with very little crime — a peaceful little area.”
The sleepy town, with a population of 117, is tucked in between Fairmont and Orrum. It has a convenience store, a post office, a volunteer fire department, two churches and a public library.
“We’re one of the smallest towns in the country with a public library,” Fowler said. “In 2009, it was put on the National Register of Historical Sites.”
Betty Bruton has been the librarian for Proctorville’s public library for the past eight years. She once lived in Proctorville but now commutes twice a week from Orrum.
“I do have a number of little children and adults that come by every two to three weeks,” Bruton said. “I have people dropping by and that makes me feel good.”
Bruton is looking forward to Saturday.
“I’m excited to have people come by and see our little library,” Bruton said. “We’re real proud of it.”
Town clerk Jean Ammons has been a resident of the town for the past 38 years.
“Everybody’s friends and love each other,” Ammons said. “I look forward to seeing a lot of friends I haven’t seen in a long time.”
The state General Assembly joined in on the celebration on Wednesday when it passed a resolution marking the town’s 100th birthday.
Fowler is expecting anywhere from 300 to 500 people to attend Saturday’s celebration.
“You’re only 100 one time,” he said. “This is our 100th anniversary as an incorporated town. We want to share that history with our friends and neighbors.”