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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - July 2009
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Village July 4 Celebration to feature Flag exhibit
Tyler County Booster - July 2009

In support of the Old Fashioned Fourth of July picnic to be held at Heritage Village on Saturday, July 4th, we offer you an exhibit of the history of the American Flag. This exhibit is located in the exhibit room inside the Gift Shop at the Village. It is very complete and very well done, as usual. Thank you, AnnaBeth Willis, for staging this exhibit and sharing it with us. If you can’t make it by before the 4th, that would be the perfect day to bring the family and visit. After you view the exhibit the Village will be open free of charge for you to participate in the 4th of July activities that have been planned. Parking will be available along the road and we will have help with the traffic.

The upper parking lot will be closed since the fire department will have it in use for the fireworks that will begin at 9:00. The lower lot will be open for people wishing to eat at the Pickett House and for families with children who are participating in the Children’s Parade. This will help get children and their vehicles closer to the Hamm House. Parade participants are asked to stage in front of the Hamm House between 4:00 and 4:45. Registration will be at the Hamm House by members of the Art League. Bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons and any other non-motorized vehicles should be decorated in an Independence Day theme. The plan is for the parade to begin promptly at 5:00 and move down the Village Main Street for judging. Also on hand will be David Rust, weekly columnist in the Tyler County Booster.

David will be autographing his book, “Gritty Grace “. If you have already purchased a copy, you may bring it for him to sign or books will be available for purchase at $19.95 per copy. Think ahead to Christmas or birthdays and take home several copies. Music will begin pretty soon after the gates open. Acts will be performed by Alvin Perry and the Not Brothers Band, Josh McClure, Mattie Fortenberry, Stephen Gehring, Matt Moody, Carol Spencer and Margie Fortenberry. There may also be others in the line-up by the 4th. There will be food to purchase. BBQ, lemonade, cakes, caramel apples, snow cones, and peanut brittle are all “for sures” and at my last call there were some “maybes”. Bottom line is that you won’t go away hungry.

The Pickett House will also be open if that suits your taste buds better. I’ve been told that we have a number of pies entered in the pie-baking contest but it is not too late. Bring your pie to the Village Gift Shop inside the Whitmeyer Genealogical Library for judging by 5:30 p.m. Quilters who are participating in the block contest should bring your block to the Buggy Barn by 5:30 p.m. If necessary, you may bring your block to the Gift Shop earlier in the day and sign in there. You will sign in, including phone number so you can be contacted when you win, and put the number beside your name on your block.

To refresh your memory, the block should be 12 x 12 and have a patriotic theme. Winner of the contest takes home all the blocks. That should be a wonderful quilt because we have some great quilters in this area. Thanks to the Sassy Scrappers for helping with this contest. Games for all ages, dunk tank and face painting, food and entertainment – all available at no charge to help you enjoy your Fourth of July. Thanks to all the groups who have become involved to make this first attempt a success. We hope you will be able to be a part of this fun time. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. and they may be seen from the Village or from the roadway. The Village will close following the fireworks display. Let’s hope we get a little rain to help cut down on the fire danger. See you there.

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