Saturday, Oct. 12, is the second annual Corbie Ellington Day in Kentucky.
The public is invited to a ceremony at Freedom Park in downtown Morehead at 10 a.m. The event is expected to last about 45 minutes. Attendees should expect to hear the story of Corbie Ellington along with comments from distinguished guests and view a tribute to Ellington presented by the American Legion.
Corbie Ellington was a Rowan County native and military hero in World War 1. In 2018, in separate proclamations, the city of Morehead, Rowan County and the Kentucky Congress declared and proclaimed Oct. 12 to be Corbie Ellington Day statewide in perpetuity.
After World War I, the local American Legion was chartered, and 15 World War I veterans unanimously chose Corbie Ellington to be the namesake of Rowan County’s American Legion Post 126.
Certificates and proofs of attendance for those who attended the 2018 Inaugural event will be provided. Attendance at the inaugural event was permanently recorded for historical purposes in the official archives of the Rowan County Clerk’s office.
From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. the Corbie Ellington American Legion Post 126 will sponsor the first annual Corbie Ellington BBQ contest at 140 American Legion Way, behind the MSU Procurement Services building. Families are encouraged to attend. Games of cornhole, horseshoes and basketball are expected.
This will be a family event and children are welcome. It’s also a tobacco-free and alcohol-free public event held outside and in the Veterans Activity Room of the Legion. Admission is free and children under age 12 eat free. Donations of $5 per plate are requested for those 12 years old and older. BBQ contestants are still needed.
Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Meat and sides will be provided to the contestants. Contestants need only bring their own grills, tools and sauces or spices. All proceeds go to charity.
Those interested in competing can call Bill Bolen at 776-3147.