The opening ceremony to celebrate the Franklin County bicentennial has been canceled.

The event was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center on the ECC campus in Union.

A winter storm with the potential to deliver anywhere from several inches to possibly a foot of snow was moving into the area Friday and expected to continue through Saturday or longer.

As such, ECC shut down campus Friday at 1 p.m.

There are no plans to reschedule the opening ceremony at this time, organizers said.

The Bicentennial celebration will continue throughout the year with a number of events and activities planned throughout the county. Among these are a bicentennial parade and festival Sunday, June 2; historic bus tours to see the county’s stone churches, cemeteries, ghost towns and more; and a Kites of Franklin County Scavenger Hunt that will begin in the spring and continue through to fall.

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