July 4th celebration
Posted By Sparta Live | April 11, 2002 12:00 am
to honor local heroes
In keeping with the Sept. 11, 2001, inspired awareness of freedom, the theme for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration is “Sweet Land of Liberty,” and the purpose is to pay tribute to Sparta and White County firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel.
Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay will represent all
area fire and emergency service personnel as parade grand marshal.
The day will begin with a gala parade starting at 10 a.m. from the White County High School parking lot and continuing to the White County Fairground, where Chief Kay will cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially start the day’s activities.
With the emphasis on patriotism, the parade will include marching bands, veterans groups, 18-wheelers, horses, mules, antique cars, tractors and trucks. Because of safety precautions on advice from Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, no four-wheelers will be permitted and only motorcycles that are part of a recognized organization will be permitted to enter.
Candidates for public office will greet potential voters and lovely young ladies will wave from passing convertibles. Both city and county fire departments will show off their new fire engines and emergency personnel will demonstrate the latest in rescue equipment. Trophies will be awarded to parade entries based upon originality, creativity and theme adherence, as determined by a panel of distinguished judges.
On arrival at the White County Fairground, there will be musical entertainment all day from the steps of the John White house, the customary dunking booth for elected officials, lots to eat and drink and the annual blackberry pie and homemade ice cream extravaganza sponsored by Friends of the Library.
The grand finale will be the traditional fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
More details on the Independence Day celebration will be available as the time approaches, but it will be a day of fun, honor and patriotism.
The parade committee is lining up entrants, assigning spaces and issuing identification numbers for use by the parade judging committee. Everyone is invited to help make this year’s event one to remember.
Entry applications are available from the Chamber of Commerce office, the Mayor’s office, the County Executive’s office or from any of the parade committee members.
To make the process more convenient, cut out and fill in the form at the bottom of this article and send it to the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, 16 West Bockman Way, Sparta, TN
Individual and corporate sponsorships are needed to help make this hometown event continue to grow. Sponsors will be recognized on all event literature and advertising. For information call the Chamber of Commerce at 836-3552, Kim Swindell Wood at 836-3284 or Ed Wood at 738-8231.