"Neil Dudney Day" was observed Friday, July 3rd at the 38th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival.
Dudney, longtime President and Coordinator of the Jamboree and a founding member, received special recognition on-stage Friday night.
County Mayor Mike Foster presented a plaque to Dudney inscribed with a resolution adopted by the county commission earlier this year. Smithville Mayor Taft Hendrixson joined Foster in making the presentation to Dudney who was surrounded on stage by members of his family and close friends.
The resolution states "Whereas, it is appropriate that the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor should announce their pride, respect, and admiration for people who so ably serve DeKalb County."
"Whereas, those who volunteer their time and abilities to unselfishly serve our communities should be recognized for the positive work they do."
"Whereas, Mr. Neil Dudney and many volunteers helped establish, nurture, and expand the Smithville Jamboree into a nationally recognized music and crafts event. The two-day gathering is honored as one of the top tourist events in the country."
"Whereas, the Jamboree helps perpetuate our local mountain music and craft history. This event also helps finance many of DeKalb County charities, volunteer organizations, county functions, and churches from food booth sales and sales tax receipts."
"Whereas, DeKalb County's many attributes are presented to a National TV audience because of the Jamboree committees' and Mr. Dudney's years of work,"
"Now, therefore, be it resolved by the DeKalb County Commission that July 3rd, 2009 be officially named ‘Neil Dudney Day'"
"Be it further resolved that this resolution and a presentation be also given to Mr. Neil Dudney as part of the opening ceremony of the Smithville Jamboree on July 3rd, 2009."
"Be it further resolved that this resolution of appreciation be spread across the records of this meeting and preserved as a lasting part of our respect and pride in the Smithville Jamboree and Mr. Neil Dudney."
Due to his health, Dudney has had to step down as Coordinator of the Fiddler's Jamboree.