Caraway Fourth of July Celebration held
Caraway leaders have had a difficult year as the community has been hit by storms twice destroying most of the main street and several other properties. In spite of the problems, the community came together to host the 68th annual Fourth of July Celebration on Friday in the Caraway tradition.
Mayor Barry Riley said it is a time to rebuild as he welcomed everyone to Caraway. He said new streets and sidewalks are underway in the downtown area, along with new buildings, and the city will have the Basler Electric building next month. He commended the citizens for their efforts following the tornado damage.
"I want this city to rebound," he said. "We will continue to rebuild."
The day was kicked off with a parade led by Mayor Riley. Antique cars, trucks, tractors, ATVs, horses, floats, fire trucks, police cars and more joined the parade.
On display at the annual event were antique tractors/tools and a car show.
Rebecca Stull sang the National Anthem.
Drawings were held at the bandstand for prizes given away every hour. Regeneration, a gospel group, made their ninth appearance in Caraway. Bingo was played in the shade of the park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
County officials and candidates were recognized. Among those at the Caraway Fourth celebration were State Representative Homer Lenderman; Craighead County Judge Ed Hill; Craighead County Sheriff Monte Boyd; County Clerk Nancy Robbins; Tax Assessor Toni Oden; Circuit Clerk Ashley Broadway; Circuit Clerk Candace Edward; Tax Collector Marsha Phillips; and Tax Assessor Hannah Holloway Towell.
Many of the guests for the Fourth of July praised the new veteran's monument recently placed at the park honoring men and women from the Caraway community who have served in the military.
In the evening a youth rodeo was held at the Caraway Equine Arena. Young people enjoyed riding and roping in the mutton busting, calf riding, barrels and other events.
The traditional Caraway fireworks display was held at 9 p.m.