Skip to content

Reelfoot Lake: Plans for bicentennial now well under way

Reelfoot Lake: Plans for bicentennial now well under way
Reelfoot Lake: Plans for bicentennial now well under way | Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial
Staff Reporter
Spring flooding at Reelfoot Lake may have stalled the meeting schedule of the Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial Committee, but organizers have been hard at work behind the scenes during the past few months.
The committee hasn’t met since May, but work has been continuing on a variety of bicentennial projects.
“We have accomplished a few goals and others are in the works,” committee chairman David Haggard said.
The bicentennial committee will meet at 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Reelfoot Lake State Park’s Visitors Center.
At that meeting, Haggard and others will present updates on some of the projects being planned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the formation of Reelfoot Lake.
The committee spent the first few months of the year working on a variety of activities designed to promote Reelfoot Lake’s bicentennial.
Haggard has reported that bicentennial duck bands are in and that he and Sam Nailling are selling the bands. Haggard reported “good sales” of the duck bands so far.
Also, bicentennial T-shirts and caps are in and are being sold at the state park. In fact, Haggard said duck bands, T-shirts and hats were sold during a duck blind drawing at Reelfoot Lake this past weekend.
The bicentennial committee will also have a booth set up at the annual arts and crafts festival at Reelfoot Lake this fall and a booth will be set up at the Reelfoot Lake Waterfowl Festival, according to Haggard. Both events will be held in October.
In another development announced by Haggard, he reported permission has been given to the committee to republish “Reelfoot Treasures” by Lexie Leonard and approval has been granted for the committee to use 32 images from the Sabin photo collection. The Sabin images will be used for bicentennial postcards and notecards.
In a related development, commemorative pictorial postmarks for Tiptonville and Hickman, Ky., have been approved.
At the committee’s Aug. 15 meeting, Haggard is expected to introduce the new bicentennial flyers.
Next week’s bicentennial meeting will be dominated by updates on some of the projects that were initially planned in the spring. The committee will discuss a steamboat exhibit, a bicentennial display planned at the Obion County Public Library, a 5K walk and run and a bicentennial quilt and there will be an update given on the “Lake of Thunder” performance.
Also on the agenda for the Aug. 15 meeting will be a report on a planned live auction and a bicentennial campout.
The bicentennial committee is also considering republishing other books related to Reelfoot Lake’s bicentennial and is looking into reprinting a historic map and guide from the 1970s.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden can be reached by e-mail at

Published in The Messenger 8.8.11

Leave a Comment