HAMILTON – Ahead of July 20’s Hamilton Appreciation Day, people are encouraged to make nominations for the male and female citizens of the year.

“We’re looking for people who have lived in and been part of the Hamilton community and helped with the schools and with other community activities,” said Hamilton Appreciation Day committee member Susan Honeycutt. “There may be somebody out there the committee hasn’t thought of from the things they’ve done in the past.”

In addition to the senior citizens of the year, there will also be a posthumous award, and that person has already been chosen.

Applications are also being accepted for strictly arts and crafts vendors.

This year’s Hamilton Appreciation Day will include children’s activities, food, the United Blood Services’ Bloodmobile, political speaking and a drawing for $5,000.

“Tickets for the drawing are for sale now for $50,” Honeycutt said. “For candidates who buy an ad in the program, there won’t be a charge to speak. If they didn’t buy an ad, there will be a small fee.

“All the proceeds raised go back to benefit the community. We have given scholarships and honored teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day. Years ago, we helped pay for air conditioning in the gym and built a fence around the school. We’ve given to a number of booster clubs in the past.”

The event will be held inside and in front of Hamilton High School’s gym.

For more information or to request applications, call Honeycutt at 319-7764, Brittney Irvin at 315-7028 or Gabe Irvin at 364-1097.

The deadline to submit applications for the citizens of the year is July 10.

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