- Last Updated on 04:09 PM 07/05/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
It was a typical firecracker hot summer day in Scottsburg for its 32nd July Fourth Celebration.
Families from far and wide migrated to Scottsburg to celebrate America’s birthday, with a parade kicking off the day’s events at 10 a.m.
The Good Times Band hit the stage a noon for the first of several musical acts, including 4Eva Blessed, the Halifax Hillbillies, The Satterfields, Lee Snead, The Bluegrass 5, The Brown Brothers and The Strays, featuring Ray Martin.
A number of arts and crafts vendors were on hand, as were several vendors selling cool treats such as ice creams and slushies.
Those sitting down for a home-cooked meal inside the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department station were treated to Brunswick stew, fried chicken and desserts, and lines quickly formed outside to sample hot dogs, hamburgers and other all-American offerings fit for a patriot.
The quarter-scale tractor pull drew its normal large audience, while the annual fireman’s competition got under way a short while later, with Liberty Volunteer Fire Department winning the Top Dog trophy for a third straight year.
Winners of various drawings included Tim Loftis of Virgilina, who won a solid oak gun cabinet donated by the Rev. Bob Woodfin.
Cash drawing winners were Ira Wilkerson ($300), Jimmy Allen ($200) and C.J. Womack ($100).
A fireworks display ended the day’s festivities at 9:45, bringing to an end another celebration of America’s birthday.
“We had a hot day but still had good crowds with estimates of 10,000 for the parade,” said Ricky Gordon of the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.
“The crowd thinned a bit during mid-afternoon but was back in full force for the evening and the fireworks,” added Gordon, who estimated the amount of money raised for the fire department at about $12,000.
“We sold out of hamburgers and hot dogs before dark,” Gordon added.
“We would like to thank everyone who came out to help celebrate our nation’s birthday. We never heard of any incidents. Everyone just came out with their families and had a good time.
“Next year, our celebration will be on Thursday, July 4, and plans are already being made for that day. We’re just really glad that the weather held out for us.”