2011-08-25 / Community News

Dime Box Plans Black Bridge Park

The Black Bridge when it spanned the railroad. The Black Bridge when it spanned the railroad. The Dime Box community is making plans to establish a Black Bridge Park featuring the bridge that spanned the railroad from 1912 until 1998. The bridge, also known as the Moses Bridge, destined to be sold for scrap, was “rescued” and moved to the SPJST property, where it remains at this time.

The community, under the leadership of the Dime Box Lions Club, wishes to develop plans to form a park and walking trail; therefore, the Dime Box Lions Club and other community organizations are hosting the Dime Box Homecoming and Black Bridge Festival to be held each year on the first Saturday in October.

The event, begun in 1974 as the Dime Box Mini Fair to help commemorate the Centennial celebration for Lee County, has been held annually by the community, though under various names. In 1978 the Mini Marathon was added and a few years later the Country Christmas was begun on the first Saturday in December.

The Black Bridge as it is today. The Black Bridge as it is today. The Homecoming, Mini Marathon and Country Christmas are being combined to be held on October 1, 2011. The event will feature the 34th annual Mini Marathon, 2nd annual Dog Dash, BBQcook-off, art fair, parade, craft and swap booths, food and drink booths, gospel singers, Spanish dancers, country store booths, live music, games, quilt display, washer tournament, bingo, youth horseless playday and Black Bridge Blowout (14 & under), a classic car display and lots more. All of these activities will be held in downtown Dime Box.

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