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History Hayride a hit
The 12th Annual History Hayride at Edgar Evins State Park in DeKalb County took place Saturday. Participants had a fun and educational ride with many local actors portraying historical figures.
Visitors descended on Edgar Evins State Park Saturday for the sold-out 12th Annual History Hayride for the two-and-one-half hour tour where actors portrayed individuals and scenes depicting the history of the park.Each wagon also held a tour guide who had a running narrative along the 11 stops.“We were sold out completely,” said Fount Bertram, president of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park which sponsors the hayride along with park employees. “It’s a signature event every year and everyone who goes seems to enjoy it.”The idea for the event came from former Park Manager Carl Halfacre, a native son of the area who presented it to the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, a state-recognized non-profit organization formed in 2003 with the first History Hayride taking place in 2006. All proceeds from ticket sales go to help support the park.Located on 6,000-plus acres in DeKalb County along the shores of Center Hill Lake, the park is named after Smithville businessman James Edgar Evins (1883-1954).