|Rain date is set for Friday, July 11 if needed|
The Rocky Mount Rotary Club is expecting another large crowd at its annual Independence Day Festival on Thursday, July 3 at FCHS. Above, each year, thousands of residents gather for the music, food and fun provided free of charge by the club and local businesses.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The largest single gathering of area residents of the year is set for Thursday night, July 3.
The annual Rocky Mount Rotary Club's Independence Day Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on the Franklin County High School football field.
As usual, the festival will feature great music, plenty of food and drink, activities for the kids and, of course, a huge fireworks display.
Performers this year include winners of the school system's Franklin County's Got Talent Contest.
Rising FCHS sophomore Ashley Hammock, who won the contest last year, will take the stage around 5:30 p.m., followed by this year's contest winners, The Blues Brothers, a dance duo.
Katelyn Holcomb (Elwood Blues) and Angeline Quinn (Jake Blues) graduated from FCHS this year and recently placed sixth in a national dance competition.
The talented Blues Brothers will be followed by The Other White Meat, a Roanoke based duo, who will take the stage around 6:30 p.m.
Barefoot West, a popular band with Franklin County ties, will begin performing at 8 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., the Patriot Award will also be presented, honoring a Franklin County veteran.
Of course, the fun holiday night will be capped off with the always popular fireworks display, sponsored by local businesses.
The Rotary Club always raises money for a community project at the festival. Members will be selling $100 raffle tickets for the cash giveaway, with drawings set for about 9 p.m. First prize is $5,000; second, $3,000; and third, $2,000. Members will also be selling $1 raffle tickets for various prizes donated by local businesses.
Proceeds from the raffle will be used this year for the new 5-K Family Fitness Trail at Waid Park, which is a joint effort with the Rotary club and Franklin County.
If inclement weather forces the postponement of the event, a rain date of July 11 has been set.