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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ted Paris
* YMCA hosting final Cracker Barrel of the year Saturday

The third and final Clay County Cracker Barrel of 2011 has been scheduled to take place Saturday.

The first one, which took place in January, was at the Cory Firehouse, with the second event in February taking place at the Jackson Township Firehouse.

Marshall Nuckolls
Saturday's event will take place at 10 a.m., at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.

All three Cracker Barrels are co-sponsored by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Clay County Farm Bureau.

Indiana Representatives Jim Baird (Republican, District 44) and Robert Heaton (R-District 46), along with Senators John Waterman (R-District 39), and Richard Bray (R-District 37) are expected to be in attendance.

At press time, it was unknown if Rep. Clyde Kersey (Democrat, District 43) would attend the event. Kersey is one of several Democrat state representatives who left the Indiana Statehouse in February to prevent votes on labor and education bills.

Sponsors for the event are expecting big numbers at Saturday's Cracker Barrel.

"We're anticipating a big crowd," Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Ted Paris said. "I would anticipate, seeing what's going on at Parke County with their Cracker Barrel and the Terre Haute Cracker Barrel, that education reform and collective bargaining are as important as ever."

"That will be the hot topic," Clay County Farm Bureau representative Marshall Nuckolls added.

Despite the anticipated large crowd, Paris said he believes the event will be calm.

"The citizens of Clay County are pretty level headed," he said. "I think they respect the opinions of other people and there are differences in opinion."

"I hope it goes well," Nuckols said. "We'll see what happens."

YMCA of Clay County CEO Deb Plummer told The Times Saturday's event is scheduled to take place in the Community Room. However, if needed, it will be moved to the YMCA gymnasium.

She said she estimated the maximum capacity for the Community Room at 100 people. If recent Cracker Barrels in the surrounding counties are any measuring stick, Saturday's event could draw many more residents.

"If more people show up, we can always move it to the gymnasium," Plummer said. "I think, obviously, this is an interesting time for politics in Indiana. A lot of people want to give input. I feel like our facility will accommodate. And we'll be flexible."

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