“Bike-Centennial” set for June 24

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

A “Bike-Centennial” will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on June 24 along the Kitty Dill Walking Trail to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial.
Growth Alliance director Lisa Klutts said the track would begin at the Civic where parking will be available. She said maps, trivia and exhibits would be set up inside the foyer of the Civic.
Klutts said all ages were welcome to walk or ride bikes at the Bike-Centennial.
She said there would be stations set up along the half mile track that would feature history about Mississippi as a territory before it became a state, the Chickasaw nation, West Point as a railroad town, Barq’s root beer, West Point native Bessie Johnson’s artwork, Delta Sigma Theta and the Underground Railroad.
She said there would also be free snow cones between Kidtown and the Bryan Public Library and blues musicians at the Mississippi Blues Trail marker.
Bryan Public Library Circulation Librarian Valerie Hargrove said the library would also be a stop along the Bike-Centennial track.
Hargrove said artifacts belonging to Anna Hayford-Jones and pictures and historical information from “Images of West Point and Clay County” authored by Jack D. Elliott Jr., Elizabeth A. Calvert, and Rebecca M. Riley. would be on display beginning the week of the Bike-Centennial.
“The bike-centennial event is going to be a really great social event that will include something for every age,” Hargrove said. “The library will be having an exhibit on display of images of West Point and Clay County.  We will be incorporating a lot of pictures and historical information from the book ‘Images of West Point and Clay County’.  We will be just one stop on the Bike-Centennial trail and we hope everyone will come in and look around.”