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RAGLEY, LA (KPLC) -

The community of Ragley came together for the 14th annual Heritage and Timber Festival on Saturday.

The Ragley Historical Square was filled with vendors selling arts crafts and lots of good food.

"This is a great place to meet and we just work all year long to get people here and to have a good time and fellowship and visit with each other," said Ronald Habetz, Ragley Historical Society chairman.

Four bands were also on hand for entertainment. The family event also had fun jumps and a petting zoo for the kids.

Organizers said the event not only celebrates a history rich in timber, but is an opportunity for the graduates of the old Ragley High School to get together. Ragley High School closed in 1970.

"The people come out to visit with one another from the old Ragley High School. They enjoy it because they haven't seen one another in a long time," said Patty Singletary. 

The festival was also a prime place to spread the word about a vote to support renovations to the Beauregard Parish Courthouse. A 15-year quarter cent sales tax proposition will be on the December 8th ballot.

"The courthouse is almost 100 years old. It has no handicap access whatsoever. It is running out of room. The clerk of court doesn't have enough room for record keeping and storage anymore. There is no security in the courthouse for the people who work there and for the public who go to serve there as jury members. So, there are a lot of issues we need to address," explained Leon Lagneaux. This money is dedicated. It can't be used for anything else except for the renovation of the courthouse and without those dedicated funds, none of this will ever happen. They will always be competing for dollars with taxes for roads and bridges and other issues."

Among this year's vendors was Peggy Bass, who showed off the lost art of yarn spinning.

"People who have never seen anybody spin a wheel find it very fascinating. It's a lot of work, but it is also relaxing. After you actually learn how to spin you can just sit there for hours and just spin away and the walls could fall down and you really wouldn't care," said Bass.

Organizers said the proceeds raised will go toward maintenance on building in Ragley Heritage Square.

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