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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Rotary’s annual Independence Day Festival is July 3
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Courtesy Photo: A favorite local band, the Harwell Grice Band, will be seen in concert at the Independence Day Festival on Wednesday. The event is free and gates open at 5 p.m.

Friday, June 28, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Corey Hunley and the Harwell Grice Band will headline the annual Independence Day Festival next week.

The event, sponsored by the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, will be held Wednesday, July 3 in the Franklin County High School football stadium.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. for the free event, with the traditional fireworks show starting just after dusk.

Besides music, plenty of food will be available, as well as fun games and activities for the children.

During the festivities, the annual Patriot Award will be presented to a Franklin County veteran.

Winners of the Rotary club's raffles will also be named.

First place winner for the $100 raffle tickets will receive $5,000, second place will get $3,000 and third place, $2,000.

Many prizes, including a grill, will be presented to lucky holders of the winning $1 raffle tickets. Raffle tickets for both will be sold at the event.

The Rotary club uses proceeds from the raffles to benefit local charities. This year, proceeds will be split between Stepping Stone Mission (soup kitchen), Henry Fork Center (for a playground), Free Clinic of Franklin County and Helping Hands.

Corey Law Hunley is a Franklin County singer-songwriter focused on the acoustic, blues and folk genres. When writing songs, Hunley draws inspiration from family legacy, good friends and life's obstacles. He has released two albums, "Live at Kirk Avenue Music Hall" and "Where I'm Supposed to Go."

Hunley has shared the stage with many of his musical heroes, including John Hiatt, Paul Thorn, Darrell Scott, Will Hoge, Chris Knight and Uncle Kracker. Keep posted on Hunley's tour dates and upcoming albums by visiting

The Harwell Grice Band is also Franklin County based and has been performing throughout Virginia nonstop since late 2003.

The band's original bluegrass and Americana mixed with a large repertoire of traditional songs and even a few popular covers result in a crowd-pleasing show.

Band members include Brian Muller, mandolin/vocals; Gabe Robey, guitar/vocals; Josh Grice, guitar/vocals; Stewart Werner, banjo/vocals; and Andrew "AK47" Kingery, doghouse bass.

The band's music has been described as sounding similar to Larry Keel, Seldom Scene and Jimmy Martin.

Besides the Rotary club, sponsors of the festival include Arrington Enterprises Inc. (AEI), Turner Buildings, Franklin Community Bank, Ronile Inc., Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, McAirlaid's, Member One FCU, Virginia Furniture Market, Redwood Minute Market, Farm Credit Va., Duncan Automotive, SleepSafe Beds, The Franklin News-Post, Uttermost, STEP Inc., Ferrum College, Stellar One Bank, Franklin County, Town of Rocky Mount, Walmart, Cooper Classics, Mountain to Lake Realty, Carter Bank and Trust, BB&T and Patrick Henry Community College.

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