Pioneer and Heritage Festival

By Lillian Karr

Merryville Pioneer and Heritage Festival 2022 was held last Friday, and Saturday, Mar. 25-26, on the grounds of the Merryville Museum.

The Merryville Alumni Association has been donated the last remaining teacherage localed on the school grounds. In the past the house was used by teachers as their home. Now, the Alumni Association is in the process of renovating the house to be used as their meeting place and also a museum for school memories.

Pard Stark, Melinda C. Fuller, Ronald Cooper, Merryville Alumni and State Representative Dewith Carrier collected funds to complete the renovations. Anyone interested in making a donation should contact Park Stark.

On Saturday the day began with a parade honoring all Merryville veterans living and deceased. W. H. (Bill) Edmonson, along with wife Hazel and Eugene Watson, along with wife Danni, both 93 years old and veterans of the U.S. Navy were honored by the festival for their years of service.

Both Bill and Eugene are the oldest living veterans in Merryville.

Alex Geovanni, pastor of Merryville Methodist Church and also a U.S. Navy veteran, gave the main address to the veterans.