Local  line dancers

The local line dancers pose in front of the famous '200' Alabama Bicentennial flag at Randolph County Courthouse. Getting ready for the big night are (front, from left) Sylvia French, Cecilia Burke, Anne Marie Nix, Cherry Ward, Julia White holding Lacey Kuykendall, Sheryl Tibbits holding Freya Tibbits, Jo Ann Strain, (back) Shirley Parker, Marty Mitchell, Joyce Sledge-Knight, Jackie Richard, Polly Logan, Mary Lynn Chandler, Opal Newman, Cynthia Hurley, Sheila Raughton, Jackie Blue, Sara Nixon, and Mary Rasbury.

WEDOWEE - The Randolph County Liners need you to "come make history!"

The Randolph County line dancers are ecstatic and eager to have anyone and everyone join them in their attempt for the best bicentennial celebration at the Wedowee Family Fun Day this coming Saturday, Oct. 12. If you have ever wanted to try your hand, or shall we say foot, at dancing, now is your chance.

Line dance leader Cherry Ward has set a goal for the town to gather 200 people to all join and do the electric slide to "Sweet Home Alabama" at this year's bicentennial celebration at French Park in Wedowee. All are welcome as Ward aims to have the best and most creative bicentennial celebration in the state.

For those of you who may not know, this year marks the state of Alabama's 200th birthday, and towns all of over the great state of Alabama are coming together to celebrate this historical moment in time. In 1819, Alabama's state constitution was signed in Huntsville, allowing Alabama to become the 22nd state to join the Union. This year marks the 200th anniversary of that signing, and Wedowee is going big for their celebration.

Don't let the word "dancing" scare you off, however. All they are looking for are proud Alabamians moving around and attempting to shuffle their feet to a classic song that is special to our state. We know you all can't help but to move around when the infamous tune of "Sweet Home Alabama" starts to play. So why not come out and join in with all the others who also secretly dance to this tune in their car?

You will have the chance to be a part of history in the making. Who knows just how monumental this movement could be? And for those who are part of the younger generation, you will be able to also celebrate the 250-year anniversary in the future. This is a truly unique opportunity.

Live music by Ryan and Roger will be played from 6-9 p.m., and the electric slide is set to begin at 7 p.m. Plan to sign up for the Electric Slide at 6pm at French Park in order for the dancers to keep a head count. The first 200 to sign up will receive a free glow-in-the-dark necklace to wear during the dance. At the festival, you can also expect to see a cruise-in of vintage cars. And for all the football fanatics, there will be a tailgate set up playing the games on television. Lastly, there will be fireworks to end the night with a bang at 9 p.m.

Cherry Ward, leader of the liners, wants you to "just get out there and join us! Age doesn't matter at all," says Ward. "It's not about the dancing, just the 200 people." Ward promises that it'll be a nice, slow electric slide. She exclaims, "This will be fun for all ages, if they can stand up, they can dance!" Sylvia French, another leader, offers, "Come, participate, and have a good time!"

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