Montevallo residents enjoy day at Orr Park

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Montevallo celebrated three events at Orr Park on Saturday, September 2 – Cars by the Creek, the dedication of the park Gazebo, and the annual children&8217;s Catfish Rodeo.

The seventy-five antique cars began arriving early in the morning and were displayed in the field on the east side of Orr Park.

The event was sponsored by the City, Peoples Bank, Regions Bank, Dr. Benjamin Crunk, Lucky&8217;s Foodland, Sir Speedy, Realty South Oak Mountain, Montevallo Drug and CGS Events.

To be considered an &8220;antique&8221; a car must be more than thirty years old.

Several awards were given. For his 1966 black Ford Fairlane Roger Massey won the &8220;City&8217;s Choice&8221; award and Gene Bass won the coveted &8220;Best of Show&8221; for his red 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28.

Mayor Sharon Anderson presented a resolution to Shelby Harkins dedicating the Orr Park Gazebo to the memory of her husband Howard Harkins. The resolution emphasized the facts that Harkins worked for the City as streets superintendent for ten years and that he went above and beyond the call of duty to help the citizens of Montevallo, and that among his accomplishments was his involvement in the construction of the spring/fountain/waterfall and the gazebo in the park.

In speaking of the dedication, Mrs. Harkins said &8220;This dedication meant so much to us.

It was also very fitting.

Howard was such an outdoor person, loved nature and had this special love for Montevallo.&8221;

The gazebo was named and will be known as the Howard Harkins Memorial Gazebo.

The Catfish Rodeo for children under twelve began at 10 A.M.

They fished until 11 when the prize was given for the most fish caught.

The City Recreation Department had stocked Shoals Creek with more than 250 lbs. of catfish and held them in an area of about 100 feet.

Ten-year-old Tyler Ford won the first-place prize of a rod, reel and tackle donated by Fred&8217;s Discount Store.