Only in 2020 could a ceremony to honor the Citizen of the Year in Chilton be held outdoors in November at the drive-in theatre with temperatures and wind gusts both in the upper 30s and people honking their car horns in place of applauding.
But the show still went on for Kim and Nancy McKeen, owners of Farm & Home in Chilton, who were honored Sunday as the 2019 Citizens of the Year by the Chilton Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber officials announced months ago that the McKeens were this year’s recipient, but the usual presentation ceremony at the Eagles Club was a victim of the pandemic shutdown. Just a few weeks ago, the idea of honoring the McKeens in a safe manner at the drive-in theatre was raised and then arranged by Chamber members.
At Sunday afternoon’s program, Kim said they would have been fine without a ceremony but that they also were very appreciative of the honor, the efforts of the Chamber to hold the program, and all the people who attended in their vehicles.
“Today is a normal day” for 2020, Kim said as people listened via their car radios.
He later added, “Thank you all for this. It is a great opportunity. I hope we can live up to it in the future.”
The McKeens already have been living up to the standards of Citizen of the Year for many years, of course, which is why they were honored Sunday by the Chamber.
(Please see the November 5 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)
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