Friday, June 28, 2013
One of the most anticipated events of the year in Franklin County is set for Wednesday, July 3. It's the annual Independence Day Festival, complete with music, food and fireworks. As always, the event is sponsored by the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, providing an old-fashioned holiday celebration for the whole family.
The event will again be held in the Franklin County High School football stadium, so there's plenty of room for families to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Plenty of activities for the kids are scheduled as well as great music by Franklin County's own -- Corey Hunley and the Harwell Grice Band. It's basically a very large Independence Day picnic for the community and admission is free. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Please remember that the Rotary club is selling raffle tickets again, with proceeds from the sales benefiting four local charitable organizations -- Stepping Stone Mission (soup kitchen), the Free Clinic of Franklin County, the Henry Fork Center and Helping Hands. Help support these efforts by purchasing tickets, which will be sold at the event or by Rotary club members now. Prizes for the $100 tickets are great -- $5,000 for first, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third. Many prizes will be given away for the $1 raffle tickets, from a new grill to a watch to gift certificates.
Also keep in mind that the fireworks are paid for by local businesses and organizations. Without their donations, the fireworks would not be possible. Those businesses, industries and organizations 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. Our thanks to all of them.
Presentation of The Patriot Award is a highlight of the night. Members of the Rotary club choose a Franklin County veteran to be honored for his or her service after all nominations are received. This is quite an honor and helps serve to remind everyone what the fight for independence is all about.
Members of the Rotary club volunteer countless hours to organize and operate this event, which continues to be well supported by the community. Their efforts not only provide a great holiday get-together for residents, many benefit from the money raised and donated to local charities.
We urge everyone to make plans for Wednesday and come early to partake of the many food offerings. Enjoy the music and fireworks, and please purchase raffle tickets.