Independence Day Celebration to be held here July 2nd
Submitted by: Town of Byrdstown Mayor Chris Thompson
The annual Independence Day Celebration is scheduled for this Saturday, July 2nd on the square in Byrdstown. I just wanted to give a little more information about the day’s schedule.
We have added a car and motorcycle show this year and hope there is a good turnout, especially from all the local folks. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for both classes along with a trophy for the furthest distance which was donated by Ricky Craig of Craig's Trophies. The car and motorcycle show will be located at the People's Bank parking lot. There is no entry fee and the show will be a people's choice type show with everyone voting for their favorite car and motorcycle. Each person who votes will sign in and vote only once in each class. The bicycle, tricycle, stroller & wagon parade will start at 3:30. The D.A.V. will perform the opening ceremony with a 21 gun salute, raising the flag, and the pledge of allegiance at 4:00. The Hill sisters will then sing the national anthem.
The old fashioned games will begin at 4:30 with pig calling, watermelon eating, jump rope, water balloon toss, and a pie eating contest. All of the old fashioned games have cash prizes and no entry fee.
The Pickett County Relay For Life Team will have a booth set up next to the courthouse. Several businesses have donated items for a silent auction to benefit the D.A.V. Be sure and bid well on these items because if it wasn't for our veterans we wouldn't be able to celebrate the 4th.
We will also have a dunking booth for "Chances For Scarred Little Hearts" a Congenital Heart Defects Awareness organization being started by Amanda Bond. We still need a few more volunteers for the dunking booth. You can call me on my cell phone at 1-931-261-1652 if you want to volunteer. Each person will spend about 20-25 minutes in the booth.
After the awards ceremony the Cross Brothers will perform up until the Fireworks Show which is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. The event will be emceed by John B. Mullinix, former Fentress County Mayor and radio personality on WDEB radio.
The girls here at the office have worked hard to fill all the spaces around the square so be sure and tell everyone about the celebration and come on out and bring your lawn chair and enjoy an evening of food, family, games, and fireworks to celebrate our country's independence.
Schedule of Events
12:00-4:00 p.m. Registration for Car & Motorcycle Show (On the Square) No Entry Fee
3:00 p.m. Registration for Parade & Games
(On the Square)
3:00-6:00 p.m. Silent Auction to benefit D.A.V.
(On the Square)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Car & Motorcycle Show Voting
People’s Choice, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Trophy
3:30 p.m. Bicycle, Tricycle, Stroller &
Wagon Parade (starts at City Hall)
Strollers & Wagons 1st Place $25, 2nd Place $15, 3rd Place $10
Tricycles 1st Place $25, 2nd Place $15, 3rd Place $10
Bicycles 1st Place $25, 2nd Place $15, 3rd Place $10
4:00 p.m. D.A.V. Opening Ceremony
Hill Sisters to sing National Anthem
4:30 p.m. Old Fashioned Games & Dunking Booth
•Pig Calling •Watermelon Eating •Jump Rope
•Water Balloon Throwing
(Each Event: 1st Place $20, 2nd Place $10, 3rd Place $5)
5:00-6:30 p.m. Award Ceremonies for Car & Motorcycle Show, Bicycle Parade, Silent Auction & Games
7:00-9:00 p.m. Cross Brothers Band
9:00 p.m. Fireworks Show