Dedication of Davis L. Fair Memorial Pavillion

Beautiful weather greeted  the crowd on Thursday at Legion State Park in Louisville. Friends,family and dignitaries gathered for the dedication of the rebuilt Davis L. Fair, Jr. Memorial Picnic Pavillion.

The Pavillion, rebuilt with historically accuracy of post and beam construction, has been an ongoing project of the Friends of Legion State Park. Funded by a Landmark Preservation Grant from the Ms Dept of Archives and History and matching funds provided by donations through the Friends,the Fair family and with lumber provided by Gary Hughes, the pavillion should be a welcome addition to the Park providing a covered picnic area along with a stone fireplace. The original structure was constructed  by the Civilain Conservation Corps in the 1930's.

Davis L. Fair, III speaks at dedication
The Pavillion was named in honor of Davis L. Fair, a long time Louisville resident who strongly supported the Park over many years. The family of Fair was in attendance and Davis L. Fair, III spoke to the gathering, thanking those who participated and sharing memories of his Father and his love of the Park.

Also in attendance were Ms. Libby Hartfield, the State Parks
Director, Mr. H. T. Holmes, the Director of the Ms. Dept of Archives and History and State Senator Giles Ward who was instrumental in the process of attaining funding for the structure.

Frances Ball, President of Friends of Legion also singled out member, Kline Shepherd for his hard work and vision in completing the project.

The Pavillion is available for use by the public and can be reserved for special events. wwm

501- C3 Status Achieved!!

After long efforts, the 501- C3 status of Friends of Legion was reinstated in March 2014. Your donations to the Park through Friends of Legion is now tax deductible!!
The Friends of Legion recently purchased 2 barrel fans for use at the Lodge during the hot summer months. Friends also purchased blinds for the south windows of the Lodge.

All of this was done to make the facility more comfortable and usable for the public and events. Our goal is to make Legion the Best State Park possible..

Friends of Legion Install New Officers and Prepare for New Year

The Friends of Legion State Park held their quarterly meeting on January 14, 2014 and elected new officers. Francis Ball was reelected as president of the organization while Johnny Johnson was selected as vice president. Tracy McCully was selected as secretary and Elaine Thompson as treasurer.

Efforts continue to establish the organization’s non-profit 501 – C3 status and progress is being made.

Several projects for the upcoming year are being considered including a patio project in which the lumber would be provided by Gary Hughes, the purchase of shop fans to be used in the pavilion area, guard rails installed at the rear of the handicap parking area and addressing several lighting issues around the park.

Park manager Tim Flake indicated that financially, the park was doing much better than in years past. Mississippi state parks have historically lost money each year but Flake indicated that it might be possible that Legion could actually finish in the black by the year 2015.

Upcoming events are scheduled for the following dates throughout the year in 2014:

March 11 – quarterly meeting at 10 AM

April 15 – rodeo planning meeting at 10 AM

May 3 – Kids n Kats Fishing Rodeo

June 19 – Friends of Legion picnic at 5 PM

September 16 – quarterly meeting at 10 AM

November 29 – Christmas Party and tree decoration at 5 PM