By Leila Dycus staff writer
The Morgan County GOP celebrated President’s Day last Thursday, Feb. 20, at Bonner’s Triple B restaurant with music, barbeque, and a speech about the 14th president, Franklin Pierce.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on President’s Day, February 17, but was postponed. People from across the county packed into a reception style room at Bonner’s Triple B restaurant, and the Buckhead Bluegrass Boys played music for the attendees.
As people began to enjoy the celebration, Republican candidates and elected officials took the time to talk with their supporters. Once the guests had found their seats GOP Chairman Allison Thompson addressed the crowd and recognized the candidates and county officials that were present.
Thompson also talked about the event’s poster contest, which members of area schools participated in.
The theme of this year’s contest was “I Love America,” and the winning posters from the students lined the walls of Bonners.
According to Thompson, there were about 30 contest entries, and the winning children and their parents were invited to the event to be recognized. “All the entries were wonderful and we had trouble picking,” said Thompson.
After the children were recognized, Thompson introduced the featured speaker for the night, Barbara Tamplin. Tamplin was asked by the GOP to speak 14 years ago and has carried on the tradition ever since.
Each year at the President’s Day event Tamplin gives a speech about a United States President. This year, she spoke about Franklin Pierce, whom she described as the “forgotten president.”
Tamplin’s speech included information about Franklin Pierce’s election to office as well as personal information and information about his wife Jane. To conclude the evening, Thompson thanked all in attendance for coming out to celebrate President’s Day with Morgan County’s GOP.