Brundidge celebrating bicentennial in October

Published 3:00 am Friday, October 12, 2018

Alabama’s three-year Bicentennial Celebration highlighted its places in 2017 and is honoring its people in 2018. In 2019 the Bicentennial year, the state will share its stories.

In continuing its celebration of the Bicentennial, the City of Brundidge will honor its people throughout the month of October with a variety of events beginning Sunday with a Reinterment Ceremony for Joe Leverette, the legendary bulldog that served as the assistant to Brundidge Police Chief  Howell Leverette from 1932 until 1943.

Brundidge Historical Society President Lawrence Bowden said, although Joe was  a bulldog, he is the only known dog to have its obituary published in The Montgomery Advertiser.

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“Joe was known throughout the state and even gained national attention through a dog biscuit company,” Bowden said. “The BHS is jointing the Leverette family in the desire to have a permanent and prominent resting place for Joe Leverette, a local legend.”

The reinterment ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Johnston Mill in downtown Brundidge. The public is invited.

On Monday, October 22, Brundidge will honor those who put the plow in the ground with a Farmers’ Appreciation Supper at Brundidge Station.

Troy Bank & Trust, the Brundidge Historical Society and the Brundidge Business Association are coming together to celebrate those who feed Alabama.

“We can never say ‘thank you’ enough to our farmers for providing us with food and also fiber at an affordable cost,” said Dixie Shehane, SVP/Branch Manager TB&T. “We are looking forward to this opportunity to thank our farmers personally for their commitment and untiring efforts to keep food on our tables. Our grill team, Paul Watkins, Ronny Mobley, Bob Mills and Steve Laney, is the grill team we need to say ‘thank you, farmers.’”

Reservations are not necessary but calling 334-735-9191 will be helpful in planning the supper, Shehane said. “We are not sending invitations but all of our row crop farmers are invited.” 

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Brundidge Historical Society will host the annual Brush Arbor Singing at the Knox Ryals pavilion on the grounds of the historic Bass House. The non-denominational “everybody sings” event will feature congregational singing of the old and familiar hymns and church songs. All churches are invited.

The Brush Arbor Singing will begin at 6:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the  singing will be held at the We Piddle Around Theater.

The 27th Peanut Butter Festival harvest and heritage celebration on Saturday, October 27 will be held on the grounds of the historic Bass House. The festival pays tribute to the town’s proud heritage in the peanut butter industry, the farming community and the little nut behind it all. The festival features a 5K Peanut Butter Run,  non-stop entertainment, arts and crafts, games, contests, the construction of Alabama’s Largest PB&J sandwich, festival foods and the always fun Nutter Butter Parade.

“In recognition of Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration, we are asking all local communities to have an entry in the Nutter Butter Parade,” Bowden said. “We also encourage churches, clubs, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods and individuals to be creative and have an entry that, in a nutty kind of way, honors our heritage as we celebrate our state’s history.”

To reserve a spot in the Nutter Butter Parade, call the Brundidge Florist at 334-735-5200.