Caraway holds 69th Fourth of July celebration

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Overcast skies provided cool temperatures for the city of Caraway's 69th annual Fourth of July Celebration.

Caraway Mayor Barry Riley welcomed everyone to the annual celebration and recognized the hard work of the volunteers that made the event possible.

Organized this year by volunteers, the annual event brought back old favorites as well as new activities. The day kicked off with the annual parade at 9 a.m. At the bandstand in front of city hall Mayor Barry Riley welcomed attendees to the annual celebration and recognized the community volunteers led by Roger Williams that organized this year's festivities.

Caraway First Baptist church pastor and city treasurer, Rick Stevens, blessed the annual picnic. Veterans were called to the front to be recognized as the flag was raised and Rebecca Stull sang the Star Spangled Banner.

As in year's past there was gospel singing by Regeneration and New Beginning at the bandstand throughout the day. There was also Bingo, a watermelon eating contest and prizes drawings throughout the day. Williams said there was $1,000 worth of prizes and $600 in cash given away.

The night activities started at 6 with a youth 12 and under kickball game, followed by an adult kickball game. The highlight of the day was the annual fireworks show, which started at 9 p.m.

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