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Trip down memory lane: Event raises funds for museum

There were 32 wedding dresses on display at the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum.

Photo by Old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum

By Gabby Boyd

For the Daily Corinthian

IUKA "" The Old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum remains pleased with community support with raised $800 last month from an event which took people down memory lane. The 2nd Annual Vote Yes to the Dress brought in hundreds of people, said Kathy Cappleman Everitt, a board member for the museum.

"It was a beautiful and great turnout and we were so amazed by the support we had from the community," said Everitt, the chairperson for "Vote Yes to the Dress."

People were able to vote for their favorite dress and wedding photo during the event held from Aug. 10-31.

She said many people voted and some would donate up to $20 at a time. Cookies, Mississippi mud cake, lemonade and ice tea were served as refreshments.

According to Everitt, the event had 32 wedding dresses on display and 15 pictures. She believes it took people down memory lane.

"The best part was the people who showed up and enjoyed seeing the dresses. The kids and women were so surprised by the designs of the wedding dresses," she said. "Some of the people could recognize the time period the dresses came from."

The business owner said a lot of the women noticed some of the dresses from previous weddings they attended in the past.

After the votes were counted a few ladies went home with prizes. Debbie Gann Hamrick was the winner of the 2nd Annual Vote Yes to the Dress. She won a elegant necklace with matching earrings and a t-shirt donated by Moore's Jewelry. Beth Davis submitted a wedding picture of Curtis and Marjorie Hines and it won best wedding photo. The gift was a vintage Mikasa crystal clear picture frame donated by Cappleman's Antiques.

Shyanna Paige Smith won the drawing for participation. She received a sculptured flower holder donated by Pray Pottery.

Jackie Walker won the first door prize which was a Oxford candle and happy block donated by Petals and Pearls. Lauren Sheffield won the second door prize, which was a bag of Potpourri donated by Friendly Florist.

Everitt hopes the community will come out to support next year's "Vote Yes to the Dress" and many more of the museum's events.

"I love history, especially when people remember it. We never want to forget history and do not need to erase it," she said. "We learn from it and realize we have come a long way, but know it was always there."