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Sleepy Town Wakes Up For Independence Day Festival

At 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, everything in Scottsburg was pretty quiet. A few people heading to work is pretty much it.

But come Saturday the sleepy little town will mushroom from 250 people to around 10,000 as the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Corp. holds its 29th annual Independence Day celebration.

Ricky Gordon, event chairman, is really excited about the coming event.

“We have people from all over the state contacting us about attending. Terry McPeak with the Southern Nights Band from Pulaski called and wanted to know the numbers of some of the local hotels because they have a group of people who are coming with them to see what we have going on here,” Gordon said.

McPeak and the rest of the band have said several times the people here in Halifax County have always treated them with such courtesy they almost feel more at home here than in Pulaski, Gordon added.

The celebration should be a fun-filled day for everyone.

“We try our best to have a little something for everyone to enjoy. It gets a bit hectic sometimes trying to get everything ready, sometimes it almost seems like a three ring circus, but ready we will be. The one concern we always have with an outdoor event is the weather and now the long-range forecast is for the 80s and partly cloudy. It should be an almost perfect day,” Gordon said.

So what is in store for Saturday?

The parade will get started at Scottsburg Elementary School at 10 a.m. People interested in participating should be at the school around 9 a.m. to get ready.

The opening ceremonies will be at the fire department at 11:45, and then an afternoon of live music on the main stage, he said.

Dave with Cinn-Sational Cinnamon Buns will be on hand with his always popular cinnamon rolls.

The fire department will have its famous Brunswick stew along with hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries and such for lunch and will have the fresh barbecue and chicken platters ready for supper.

The area beside the department will be full of arts and crafts vendors and also rides will be available to entertain the children.

At roughly 2 p.m. the quarter scale tractor pull will begin for the third consecutive year, and North Halifax Fire Department will defend its “Top Dog” award in the fireman’s competition.

The night will be capped off at 9:45 p.m. with the annual fireworks display.

As usual, no admission is charged to the event, and plenty of free parking is located behind the stage area, Gordon added. Handicapped parking is available beside the fire department, and the general parking entrance is located beside the railroad tracks.

As this is an event for families, Gordon said the fire department reminds everyone that coolers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Corp. to help pay for its firefighting equipment in order to better serve the community.

“So pack up the family and your lawn chairs and head out to Scottsburg this Saturday and enjoy a lot of good food, entertainment and plain old Southern hospitality as we celebrate the birth of this great nation,” Gordon concluded.

A rain date of July 10 has been set.