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Ceremony opens 2001 edition of Ironmaster Days

As vendors and those seeking food and entertainment gathered in the streets outside, the Ironmaster Committee and others gathered in the Ironton City Center to officially open Ironmaster Days 2001.

Friday, June 22, 2001

As vendors and those seeking food and entertainment gathered in the streets outside, the Ironmaster Committee and others gathered in the Ironton City Center to officially open Ironmaster Days 2001.

The ceremony was solemn and patriotic, yet enthusiastic as the participants reflected on Ironton’s past and discussed the activities scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Ironton Mayor Robert Cleary recognized the members of the Ironton Business Association for their contributions to the preparations for the events.

"This happened because a lot of people put in a lot of hard work," Cleary said.

Carolyn Carter, a member of the Ironmaster Committee and one of the events organizers, thanked the sponsors, the mayor and all the people who attend Ironmaster Days.

During the ceremony, this year’s Ironmaster, James D. "Jim" Staley, received a plaque in honor of the title.

The Rev. Odie Justice led a prayer, and members of VFW Post 8850 and Boy Scout Troop 104 presented the flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Susan Taylor sang the national anthem.

Cleary reminded those present that there are many things to do each day of the festival. He closed the ceremony, saying, "I want everybody to go out and eat all the good food and have a lot of fun."