Statute dedicated in Joice
The Worth County Statue project was a brainstorm and dream of the Worth County Beautification Committee and started about four years ago. The idea was one of the committee’s efforts on increasing tourism in Worth County. The committee’s goal was to erect a statue in every town with a duplicate statue to be placed at the Worth County Fairgrounds along the walking trail.
Committee members attended a city council meeting in the each of the Worth County towns and brought the idea of a town statue to them. The councils chose the idea for the statues that would represent them. “Kids on a Park Bench,” two children reading a book on a bench, was unanimously voted in by the Joice City Council, as the choice of statue for Joice. The council felt that the children of the community, depicted by the statue, would represent Joice very well.
The statue was purchased from a company called Big Statues, located in Provo, Utah. A grant from the WCDA was applied for and given to help pay for the statue. The city also received a $1,000 grant from the Worth County Beautification committee.
The Joice Statue, Kids on a Park Bench, was dedicated Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, in front of the Joice Public Library at the Meet and Greet: An Old Fashioned Saturday Night. The dedication was led by Mayor Pro-tem, Ron Miller.