WAGRAM — Wagram’s town council discussed on Thursday resuscitating the annual Wagram pig pickin’ festival, cancelled last year due to lack of interest.
Sponsored in part by the town, the festival had been held for about 10 years, with a barbecue as the centerpiece. It was formerly a two-day affair, with an evening concert the Friday after Labor Day and a parade the following morning.
“The problem is that we don’t have enough participation, we don’t have enough businesses coming in,” said Mayor Milton Farmer.
After discussing potential festival locations and the possibility of holding a barbecue cook-off with a prize for the best entry, the council decided to form a committee of town residents, including council member Paschal Stewart and former council member Linda Tindall, to organize the festival.
“If we could get some strong citizens that could really work with us, we could have a good festival,” said Farmer. “Then it depends upon the vendors. The vendors are what bring the people out.”
In other business, council approved an interlocal agreement with the county specifying the newly-drawn limits of the town’s flood zone as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That zone includes several currently uninhabited parcels near the Lumber River.
The council also authorized town clerk Phyllis Lowery to transfer funds to building maintenance from a separate line item, at her discretion, to repair an air conditioning unit in the town hall. Lowery also detailed the fund transfers made in order to pay in full for Wagram’s new police SUV, including appropriation of $20,500 from the town’s fund balance to capital outlay to cover the $37,000 cost of the vehicle and communications equipment.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 17. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.