By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com
Saturday, September 29, 2007 was no average day in Milton, GA. It was a beautiful day full of celebration, laughter, and comradery as the city celebrated it's first anniversary at the Birmingham United Methodist Church at the Birmingham Crossroads. From horseback riding to the mayor in a dunk tank to bungee jumping; this celebration had it all!
A chili cook off was also in the mix with participants being from the Milton Fire and Police departments. While praise was given all around, Team "Guns and Hoses" took the biggest trophy home.
With over 2700 people in attendance, life long resident Travis Allen who co-chaired the event with Burt Hewitt, was pleased, "It was wonderful to see our community come together for such a wonderful event. I know we couldn't have pulled it off without all of our hard working volunteers including the support of council members Tina D'aversa, Julie Zahner Bailey and City of Milton Project Coordinator Linda Blow. We hope to continue this success in the future!"
Volunteer Ginger Enloe had this to share: " It was impressive to see Burt Hewitt and Travis Allen pull together such a passionate team of volunteers. Obviously, all of their hard work paid off. I also want to thank the Birmingham United Methodist Church for the use of their wonderful property. We could not have done it without their kindness and generosity."
While the event was scheduled to run from 3pm to 8pm, a few residents remained after the late hour. Thanks to sponsors such as Jittery Joes, The Underwood Agency, and Anytime Fitness, no tax payer monies were used.
Here is what some of those residents in attendance had to say:
"The Milton Roundup was terrific! My boys had a blast and enjoyed all the many activities for the kids! The Chili was great and it was nice to see so many people come out from our community! Nice to see our Mayor didn't mind getting dunked in the dunking booth! "
Lisa - Milton
"I want to congratulate everyone on the Milton Round Up planning committee for a job well done! The event had the character and personality deserving of Milton!"
Alan Tart - Milton
"When leaving the Roundup with my son Jake Swiacki 9yrs old, I asked him if he had a good time and he answered in a very energetic voice" ya! I had a blast" then he asked me "will Milton have a Roundup every year"?
- Kim Swiacki - Milton
"It was about 7:45pm and we were waiting on line for the kids to go into the train/bounce house. There was this man who just had the biggest smile on his face. I was looking into the bounce house to see how many kids were in there and the man said "it is so great to see this. The kids made me get out and they said they were taking care of directing the younger kids. It is so nice to see young children taking on responsibility. There is nothing for me to do!!!!" I was a little confused and then I realized - this mas was the owner/vendor of the train bounce house. He then looked at me and said "You just have the greatest little town here. This is incredible". I just said thank you because I did not know what else to say. We know we have something special, but it was so nice to see how amazed an outsider was with what a special place we have. I can't really think of any quotes, but it was just such an awesome day. We knew so many people there (neighbors, people from Church, people from City Hall). I really had an overwhelming sence of "belonging" and that this was my home town. I can't thank everyone involved enough for their efforts. I don't think this could have been any more of a success than it was."
- Tara Chambers - Milton
Volunteers for The 2007 Milton Round Up included but were not limited to:
Burt Hewitt / Co-Chair
Travis Allen / Co-Chair
Travis Allen / Co-Chair