The annual Gauley Bridge Town Celebration is set for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 and will boast the theme of “1940s Remembered.”

A special “Day of Remembrance” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, the festival’s opening day, featuring songs, music, table displays of Baby Boomers and World War II, video, and prizes. Organizers ask local residents to get out the pictures of children born between 1940-55, pictures of veterans, local scenes of that period. Label them and let the town display for the weekend.

Also, volunteer help is needed. Anyone interested in helping out is asked to call 632-1184.

In conjunction with the them, the town is sponsoring an essay contest for those of all ages. Individuals are asked to write an essay on what you remember from the 1940s, or what you have learned from others about the 1940s. Topics that may help jog a few memories include Pearl Harbor, World War II, the draft, rationing, swing shifts, Rosie the Riveter, and the Big Band Era.

Did you have a favorite movie, song, band, actor, radio program? Did you own a car? Could you buy gas, tires, shoes, sugar, butter, soap, or meat?

Share your memories; the number of words is not important. Ruby Winebrenner, chairperson, hopes to compile a collection of the essays.

Anyone who has written an essay is asked to seal it in an envelope and take to Town Hall, to the Senior Center or to Ruby Winebrenner by Sept. 25.

The celebration will end with a gospel sing on Oct. 1, featuring the Brighterside and the Baptist Quartet.

Watch the Herald for more information on the celebration.

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