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Down Home 4th of July tradition continues

Jasper Lions Club celebrates 80 years of service in Pickens County



TOWN BAND MUSICIANS WANTED  - Each year on the 4th of July, Dr. Carl McCurdy and the Town Band kick off the day’s festivities at Lee Newton Park.  It’s time once again to dust off that instrument and come to the stage at the park at 10:30am on Thursday, July 4th.   There are no rehearsals - just come ready to play!

Since they were chartered in 1939,  the Jasper Lions Club has organized the annual Independence Day Celebration.  What started out as a small event held on Main Street has now become a much larger, multi-day schedule of festivities.  

The rides will open Friday, June 28, and run through Thursday, July 4.  Each night that the rides are open, the Lions will be there selling tickets on a chance to win one of three Cash prizes:  1st Prize - $1,000; 2nd Prize  - $500; and 3rd Prize - $250. 

On Thursday, July 4, the day’s festivities will start at 10 a.m. with the parade on Main Street.  Anyone who wants to participate in the parade may do so by bringing your application/parade fee that morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Sign-in will take place on Spring Street behind Jasper United Methodist Church.  Because this year’s celebration coincides with the Jasper Lions Club’s 80th Anniversary, serving as Grand Marshals for the this year’s parade are Ray and Betty Ferrell, longtime members of the Jasper Lions Club.

The entertainment at the park after the parade will kick off with the Town Band, a local tradition for over 30 years.  Led by Dr Carl McCurdy, the Town Band will offer patriotic favorites and rousing marches.  If you would like to participate in the Town Band, dust off that horn at meet on stage at the park at 10:30 a.m.  After the opening ceremony, the afternoon is filled with local talent that will be fun for all ages.  Still River Band will perform from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The drawing for the raffle prize will take place at 10 p.m., followed by the best fireworks display in North Georgia.

Bring a chair or a blanket and head to Lee Newton Park on the 4th - come spend the day and enjoy the 81st Annual Jasper Lions Independence Day festivities!

        See this week's print or online editions for full schedule of entertainment.