VICCO — On Saturday, Vicco will celebrate an annual tradition in a new way. The Vicco Bash, which is usually held on Independence Day weekend, will take place downtown this year on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3).
The ribbon cutting ceremony for Vicco’s new Little Free Library is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. during the Bash. The tiny library is modeled after one of Vicco’s landmarks from the past, the old Martin’s Department Store building.
“We knew we wanted a Little Free Library in Vicco and we came up with several ideas for what it should look like. Finally, we decided to go with the old Martin’s store,” said Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings.
The building that housed Martin’s Department Store was built in 1915 and no longer stands in Vicco today. Before becoming home to Martin’s, Watts Grocery occupied the facility. Little Free Library is a worldwide organized effort to promote literature and reading. Participants setup a small structure with books inside that people are free to take home, read and return. Reading enthusiasts are also encouraged to donate books for the cause. Usually, the Little Free Libraries are given some kind of interesting design. The Little Free Library at McDonald’s in Hazard is designed to resemble the old two-story McDonald’s that was once open downtown. The Martin’s Department Store Little Free Library will be located at the park on Main Street in Vicco.
“We want to thank all of the volunteers who have put a lot of work into making the little library look authentic,” said Mayor Cummings.
The ribbon cutting for the Little Free Library is only part of the festivities planned at the Vicco Bash. A cruise-in will begin downtown at 5:00 p.m., followed at 6:00 p.m. by a presentation from The Birdman Mitch Whitaker of the Letcher County Extension Office. Food and various other items will be sold by vendors. Kids can enjoy inflatables and games. Stage entertainment includes music and a Michael Jackson impersonator. A fireworks display is planned after dark.
“Times have been tough for folks around here,” said Mayor Cummings, “We want people to have a little break from all the struggles by coming out to Vicco and having a good time Saturday.”
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