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Chamber gives thumbs up for start of Ninth Annual Williams Station Day

By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP
Advance Managing Editor
Williams Station Day is just around the corner and the Chamber of Commerce, City of Atmore and volunteers are busy putting together the final touches to make this year's event better than those that preceded it.
The day-long event gets started at 8 a.m. as the 5K run, bike ride and biathlon gets things going. Vendors and arts and crafts exhibits open on Pensacola Ave. at 9 a.m. and a special opening ceremony will be held at the center stage in front of the Lions Club Community Center at 10:20 a.m.
Chamber of Commerce Director Emilie Mims said Williams Station Day 2000 will be ready to go on schedule.
On Tuesday, the center stage was erected and Mims said the banners will be flying within the next few days.
During this final week, the word about Williams Station and its homage to "The Goatman" was spread even further. Mims feels that two appearances on Tuesday morning will help bring even more people to Atmore. John Brannon and Rene Godwin appeared on WEAR Channel 3 while Mims and Elsie Butler were on FOX Channel 10. There was also a large feature about the event in the Mobile Register's region section.
Mims said a television crew will be in Atmore Friday to get footage leading up to the event.
Artists and vendors will begin arriving in town and setting up on Friday. Mims said there will be security on hand to protect the property and merchandise.
For more details about this year's event see The Advance's special Williams Station Day section in this issue.