A crowd filled Knifley this past Saturday to take part in all the food and festivities at the old elementary school. Guests had a lot to choose from whether it was a car show, food trucks, live music or jumping down an inflatable slide. The highlight of the festival came during the veteran’s ceremony that honored fallen veterans and ones present at the festival.
Revisit Knifley is part of an on-going effort to bring communities together and welcome friends from all around to have fun. There was something for everyone each hour of the festival but most came to honor fallen veterans.
Chester Whittington hosted a service in honor of fallen veterans where Major Gregory Granderson was a keynote speaker. He spoke about the life of constantly moving as an active servicemember and remembered those who never traveled back home.
“We should give thanks to all that have served and still serving in this country, it is the sacrifices that entitle us to live the way we do.” said Granderson.
After the message, awards were handed out to veterans present at the ceremony. Each awarded with many having over 20 years in active service.
The Casey County Veterans Honor Guard performed a flag raising and lowering as well as a gun salute to honor fallen veterans.
This festival has been held for 8 years and has shown more activities offered each year. A few other goals of the event are to simply offer a community building experience with little cost to the participants.
Kathy Tucker helped shape the originally idea for the festival. “I had the dream of starting it, I enjoy giving back to the community where they don’t have to spend a penny to have a good day,” said Tucker.
She also hopes to continue gather more history on the families around Knifley to show just how deep the ties between communities really are.
The hard work of the volunteers certainly shows. Anyone can come and enjoy any activity without spending any money, unless something from one of the many vendor booths catches your eye. The festival ended that evening with an auction and a spectacular array of fireworks.
By Brandon Roberts
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