66 years of Caraway Fourth of July celebrations

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The 66th Fourth of July celebration in Caraway drew a large crowd in spite of the high temperatures of the day.

Local law enforcement officers raised the flag at the Caraway July 4th celebration.

The carnival came to town early with the Fourth of July activities taking place on Wednesday, July 4, starting with a parade.

The National Anthem was sung by Rebecca Stull and the flag raising ceremony was conducted by local law enforcement officers.

Drawings, entertainment, and prizes were held throughout the day at the bandstand. An antique tractor and tool display was held with children enjoying using the antique machine taking kernels off the corn cobs. Gary Fletcher also had a 1930 concrete mixer with a 3 horsepower Banks Morris Hit and Miss Engine on display.

Caraway Mayor Barry Riley welcomed everyone to Caraway.

Several candidates or their representatives and officials took time to visit in Caraway with several participating in the morning parade. Among candidates visiting were Craighead County Sheriff candidates Dwight Tosh R-Jonesboro and Marty Boyd, D-Jonesboro; Craighead County Tax Collector candidate Marsha Phillips; Craighead County Treasurer candidate Terry McNatt; Arkansas Court of Appeals candidate Jeannette Robertson; Arkansas Representative Homer Lenderman; and County Clerk Nancy Nelms.

For the second year there was a demolition derby inside the park for the main event. The derby drew a large crowd with the drivers battling it out for first, second and third place trophies and cash prizes.

Josh Williamson of Armorel won third place; David Williams of Gosnell won second place; and Clayton Bell of Piggott won first place with a $1,500 prize.

Following the demolition derby a spectacular fireworks display ended the day's celebration.

The Caraway Lions Club sponsors the annual picnic and Independence Day celebration. For over 60 years it has been a good place to spend the Fourth of July.

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