Caraway hosted its 64th annual July Fourth celebration and picnic with activities throughout the day on Saturday, July 3. The celebration started early in the week with the arrival of the Bluff City Carnival and other activities. The rodeo was held on Friday and Saturday nights.
Each year a Person of the Year is chosen and this year James Alsup was named 2010 Person of the Year. Alsup is the manager of Caraway General Dollar Store. He was presented a plaque. It was inscribed:
Someone once said, "We make a living by what we give." This year's person of the year knows how to make a life. He gives more to others in a week than some do in a lifetime. He is always the first to help our Lions Club or other organizations.
Activities for the day were kicked off with a parade with police vehicles, fire trucks, rescue units, ambulances, floats, antique cars, trucks, tractors, four wheelers, horses and motorcycles all dressed up in red, white and blue.
The parade was led by Bill Foster and Caraway Mayor Barry Riley.
Antique Truck Division:
First place -- Hunter Miller, Caraway, 1936 Chevy Rat Rod.
Second place -- Gary and Vicky Henry of Jonesboro, 1956 Jeep M-38 Military jeep. This jeep was parachuted into Korea during the Korean War.
Third place -- Dennis Johnston, Walcott, 1946 Ford Rat Rod.
Antique Car Division:
First place -- Chuck Douglas of Magnolia, Delaware, 1929 Model A Ford.
Second place -- James Schoolfield, Kenton, Tenn., 1922 Ford Model T.
Third place -- Billy Shirley, Caraway, 1929 Ford T Bucket.
Antique Tractor Division:
First place -- Danny Branscum, Caraway, 1971 Case 970 Agri King.
Second place--Gary Fletcher, Caraway, 1991 Freightliner/1947 Bohlens Husky Tractor.
Third place -- Walter Gatlin, Caraway, 89 Freight line-scale test truck.
4-Wheeler and 3-Wheeler Division:
First place --Hunter Wilkerson, Caraway, 2008 Honda Foreman ES.
Second place -- Jack Tucker, Caraway, Honda 4-Wheeler.
Third place -- Shirley Scroggins, Jonesboro, 2000 Polaris 500.
First place -- Jack Tyler, West Memphis, Trading Post Wagon.
Second place -- Caraway Search Rescue, Caraway.
Third place -- First Baptist Church, Caraway.
First place -- Chaney Lunsford, Black Oak, riding Squirt.
Second place -- Katlyn Baker, Memphis, riding Shiloh.
Third place -- Carly Evans, Trumann, riding Buddy.
First place -- Shannon Bowman, Caraway, 1999 Harley Davidson, Road King.
Second place -- Melvin Swaim, Black Oak, 2008 Harley Davidson Street Bob
Mark Bell, Caraway, Harley Davidson, Ultra Classic.
Gary Fletcher and Bill Foster gave a special thank you to everyone who participated in the parade, provided antique tractors and vehicles for the day, and work to make the day special.
Following the parade, the Caraway Police Department held a flag raising ceremony with Rebecca Stull singing the National Anthem.
Rick Stevens, pastor of First Baptist Church in Caraway recognized the veterans and military men and women serving.
Among the visiting candidates and elected officials were Ed Hill and Mark Hogan, candidates for Craighead County Judge; Scott Ellington, Dustin McDaniel and Chad Causey.
Mayor Barry Riley welcomed everyone to the 64th annual celebration.
Among the entertainment were Regeneration Group and Southern Skies Band.
At the conclusion of the rodeo, it started raining. The fireworks display went off on schedule. Prize giveaways were held following the fireworks.
(See additional pictures of the day in the photo gallary)