WINNSBORO — Mayor Roger Gaddy recently proclaimed Dec. 6 as Arbor Day in Winnsboro.
At 11 a.m. Friday, the Town of Winnsboro in conjunction with Fairfield County Soil and Conservation will plant a tree on the Mt. Zion green. Gaddy will represent the town and Charles Coleman will represent Fairfield County.
Three seventh-graders including Grier Hensley from Richard Winn Academy, Lamar Richards from Fairfield Middle School and home-school student Aaron Frish won the essay contest and will be presented with a $50 check for future educational advancement purposes.
The now debunk Fairfield Garden Club will donate a granite bench to the Mt. Zion green as well.
Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Neb., by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. There were an estimated one million trees planted that day.
Gaddy’s proclamation urges all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect the trees and woodlands. He also emphasizes that all citizens plant trees to promote the well being of future generations.
Gaddy signed the Arbor Day proclamation on Nov. 21.