In Aug. 7-13 issueBy Greg WellsTimes Journal Managing EditorABOVE: Alena Brewer, 8, was the winner of the youngest category in the talent contest Saturday night at the Jamestown Descendents Reunion. She won a $100 bill. She danced her way to her winning, while others sang, played an instrument or lip-synced.
JAMESTOWN- It was about the eating, the fellowship and the history, but the theme kept folks focused on the “Good Times.”
The Jamestown Descendants Reunion was a two day event last Friday and Saturday.
Things began with a fish fry on Friday and moved to a wide range of events Saturday, and deep into the night.
Auctions, drawings and events like corn-hole tournaments were part of the action along with a talent show as the sun went down.
Sharon Pipkin, the vice president of the group which keeps the event from year to year, said the it started in 1982 with a picnic at the Lake Cumberland State Park.
She said several people in Louisville had decided to form the group to bring home to Jamestown those who had moved away for work, education or whatever else drew much of the population of rural southern Kentucky north during the 60s and 70s.
“A lot of the people who started this have passed on,” Pipkin said.
But she and the others work to continue the tradition and work to keep up mailing lists and other lines of communication for those with roots in Jamestown.
One of the focuses of the even and the group has been and remains the maintenance of Greens Chapel Cemetery. To do that collections and fees at the gathering are taken in yearly.