By Doug Brooks
Since 1949, the Jasper Lions Club has developed and sponsored an Independence Day Celebration for the citizens of Pickens County. Lion Jerry Tyson is chairing the 2012 Celebration Committee and the theme this year is United We Stand.
Looking back at history a bit we know that we also call it the 4th of July since that was the date in 1776 the U.S. Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. That document announced the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Britain. Celebrating the day as a holiday became common only after the War of 1812.
The annual parade will be Wednesday, July 4, on Main Street starting at 10 a.m. (line up at 8:30 in the field behind the Jasper United Methodist Church). The parade will begin at the intersection of South Main Street and West Spring Street, continue north on Main Street; turn left on College Street; turn left on Mark Whitfield Street; turn right on Stegall Drive and end at Lee Newton Park. Jasper Lion Past Council Chairman Mark Miller will be the MC of the parade.
The Grand Marshal of the parade this year will be the Rev. Von Hinton who now serves as Associate Minister of Visitation at the First Baptist Church of Jasper.He attended the New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary from 1953-58. Von served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53, the U.S. Navy from 1967-70 and the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1971-87 when he retired with the rank of Commander. He was with the Pickens County Department of Family and Children’s Services from 1970-86. He is a member of the Jasper Lions Club, the Jasper Optimist Club and Chapter 47 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). A tireless volunteer, Von volunteers at the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, is Chaplain for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department and Rock Creek Manor. We are delighted to have Von as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Independence Day Parade.
The annual parade is always a great start to the celebration and groups wanting to be in it should send an application right away. They can be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce, Moore Furniture Company on Main Street, the County Administration Building, City Hall, Miller and Associates office on Main Street and the Bank of North Georgia on Main Street.
Entry fee for the parade will be $15 for applications received on or before June 15 or $25 for applications received after June 15. Cash prizes will be $50 for 1st place float and $25 for 2nd place float. Prizes will be awarded at the bandstand during the opening ceremonies schedule to begin around 11:30 a.m. All winners must claim their prizes at that time. No certificates or prizes will be mailed.
Parade applications and entry fees should be sent to: Jasper Lions Club, 4th of July Parade Committee, P.O. Box 1088, Jasper, Ga. 30143
Judges for the floats in the parade this year will be: Past District Governor Lion Earl Culberson and Lion Joyce Culberson of the Adairsville Lions Club, Past District Governor Lion Scott Warren and Lion Nanette Warren of the Woodstock Lions Club. We are delighted they will be with us.
Following the Parade
At 11 a.m. the Town Band conducted by Dr. Carl McCurdy will get activities underway at the Lee Newton Park pavilion stage. Dr. McCurdy invites other musicians who might be interested to join the band to come to the stage with their instruments at 10.
The opening ceremony will be at 11:30 at the pavilion stage and will include flag ceremonies and a 21-gun salute by members of the Honor Guard of local chapter 47 of the Disabled American Veterans.
Thelma Cagle and Leslie Miller are lining up an outstanding group of entertainers who will be performing from 7-10 each evening on the main stage of the pavilion at Lee Newton Park.
Entertainers will include:
Conner Culverhouse and Friends singing some favorite Southern rock music - Conner was a PHS Talent show finalist this year and an excellent vocalist, guitarist and drummer;
Megan Childers will be singing country pop tunes and also is a PHS Talent Show finalist;
ATA Martial Arts Demo Team directed by Stacey Kisner will combine power and precision in choreographed moves;
Get to the Pointe Dance Studio dancers directed by Carla Jarrett and Lauren Bail will demonstrate quick feet ranging from jazz, tap to hip-hop.
Times schedule and other entertainers will be in a follow-up article.
A new feature of the celebration this year will be a “Jasper’s Most Talented” contest. Participants may be individuals or groups and may present any kind of family-oriented performance - singing, dancing, dramatic, poetry readings or even pet tricks! The preliminary round of performances will be on the pavilion stage at Lee Newton Park on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m. and the final round will be from 7-8 on Tuesday, July 3. The winning performer/group will perform immediately prior to the spectacular fireworks display on the night of the 4th.
There will be three judges to pick the final contestants and the audience will pick the final winner. There will be a $500 prize for that winner. The deadline for entrants is Friday, June 22.
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An Independence Day Celebration would not be complete without fireworks. Lion Peggie Chapman is now seeking sponsors for this year’s spectacular fireworks display that will get underway at 10. Companies or individuals that may be interested in sponsoring this year’s display are asked to contact Peggie at 706-692-2258. Fireworks technical support will again be provided by Donnie Craig, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
See next week’s Progress for a complete listing of the performers and other activities that will take place in Lee Newton Park.