MARTIN – The City of Martin has been working to redevelop its image while sustaining an historic downtown charm. Construction on Varia Mountain is currently underway as the city has already moved the Martin City Fire Department there. Plans are for Martin City Hall as well as Renaissance Learning Academy – a part of Floyd County Public Schools – to move to the mountaintop location. Currently, Martin is gearing up to host its annual Independence Day Celebration.
New mayor Samuel Howell continues to work to move Martin forward.
“We are working hard to gain the community’s trust and to do things for our local citizens,” said Howell. “We realize many children in our area may not get the opportunity to go on vacation. The economy has strapped citizens, which is why it is important to us to be able to offer free events so everyone in the community can attend and be a part.”
Howell urges citizens to attend Martin City Council meetings and participate in events held in the community. The future of Martin is looking brighter as the redevelopment project continues.
Martin will host its Independence Day Celebration June 29-July 2 in the Downtown Parking Lot. Legendary band Confederate Railroad will be performing a free concert on Saturday evening. A list of events scheduled for the holiday celebration follows.
Martin’s Independence Day Celebration
Wednesday, June 29: Grace – 6:-7 p.m.; Elijah Rogers – 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 30: East Kentucky Inflatables – 4-8 p.m.; Dave Adkins – 6-8 p.m.
Friday, July 1: East Kentucky Inflatables – 4-8 p.m.; Colby O’Bryan – 6-8 p.m.; Shriners Train Ride.
Saturday, July 2: East Kentucky Inflatables – 2-8 p.m.; Face Painting – 2 p.m.; Cruise-in – 2 p.m.; Bluegrass Championship Wrestling with Special Guest Wrestling Legend “Leaping Lanny” Poffo – 4 p.m.; Confederate Railroad – 7 p.m.; Shriners Train Ride; Fireworks – Night.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.