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Small Town Throws Big Independence Day Bash

A crowd of thousands celebrated Independence Day in grand style Saturday at Scottsburg’s annual July 4th celebration.

The day began with a parade featuring Scottsburg Elementary student Caroline Laughorn as grand marshal.

Riding in a convertible furnished by Donnie Ellington of South Boston, Laughorn waved to many of her friends and family members who have supported her as she has battled leukemia since her diagnosis on May 1, 2009.

Riding with her were her parents, Craig and Jennifer Laughorn of South Boston.

Saturday’s festivities continued throughout the day with plenty of good music and the usual list of activities consuming the afternoon hours.

Unlike some of Scottsburg’s Fourth of July celebrations in the past, this year’s event did not feature hot and sticky weather, rather the day was a beautiful one with low humidity and constant breeze and temperatures never rising out of the 80s.

Still, thirsty celebrants consumed hundreds of cups of lemonade, gallons of tea and cases of soft drinks.

Fire department volunteers sold gallons of stew and pounds of chicken, hamburger, barbeque and French fries, with the crowd staying steady throughout the day.

The evening concluded with a grand fireworks display.

As of press time Sunday afternoon, the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department members were counting the proceeds collected from the Independence Day benefit.

Harry Rousch of Prospect was the winner of the $1,000 cash giveaway first place prize.

Other winners included Willard Wilson who took home the $300 cash prize and Gracie Compton of Scottsburg who won $200.

Liberty Volunteer Fire Department was victorious in the fireman’s competition.