The grounds of White Mills Christian Camp were flooded with locals this weekend to celebrate the small community.
Friday and Saturday marked the annual White Mills Days celebration. The gathering featured a hog-calling and husband-calling contest, fireworks, a concert, pageants and cake walks among other activities.
One Saturday attendee was Teal Richardson. Richardson’s husband is from White Mills and she has been coming to the event for seven years. Richardson said she felt there were fewer activities to do in previous years but still enjoyed it.
“It’s still fun,” she said. “Kids love it.”
“The parade is fun,” she said. “The chicken dinner is what keeps most people around it seems like.”
Richardson said when she first attended White Mills Days, she noticed how much the community came out for the event.
“Everybody is so nice and gets along,” she said. “I feel like the community comes together.”
Children could be seen petting farm animals, playing cornhole and jumping in a bounce castle Saturday. Scattered throughout the grounds, adults chattered with each other and enjoyed food.
Bill Rogers, another Saturday attendee, came to the event for the car show. Rogers frequently travels to local car shows and takes photos of cars that catch his eye.
“It might vary. It might be one car and it might be another car because of the color. It might be another car because its a convertible,” he said.
There was at least one car Rogers found interesting on Saturday: a red Ford Falcon.
“That was pretty sharp,” he said.
Besides the car show, Rogers came out to get photos of the White Mills Bridge, visit the auction and enjoy the food.
“Just pretty much the whole White Mills experience,” he said.
Rogers, a resident of Leitchfield,\ said he and his wife, Lois, first came to White Mills Days last year.
“We really liked it and the first thing we said was, ‘We’re coming back next year,’” he said.
Kim Booker, another Saturday attendee, grew up near White Mills and her parents live in the community. Her favorite thing about the community-wide event is the chicken, along with the pageants and kid activities. Booker said it is common for residents in other small communities, such as Eastview, to come to White Mills Days because their communities don’t have an event of their own.
“It really is homecoming,” she said.
Jeannetta Heller, a volunteer at White Mills Days and staff member at the White Mills Christian Camp, said her favorite aspect of White Mills Days is seeing people she doesn’t see very often.
Bettye Mae Raymer, another White Mills Days volunteer, had a similar thought.
“There’s no place in the United States like White Mills,” she said.