The fair is in town — Peachtree Rides crews work in the drizzle Tuesday assembling a Merry-Go-Round canopy at Lee Newton Park. The fair, which has been operated by Peachtree for the past several years, is an important source of revenue for the local Lions Club who use this to fund the yearly Independence Day celebration.
Michael Jackson said he has been coming to Jasper with Peachtree Rides for the past six or seven years – except last year of course. “That pandemic really messed things up,” he said. “I am glad we are coming out of it.” Jackson said Jasper always puts on a good July 4th celebration. “They really go all out with fireworks and other stuff,” he said.
Tuesday morning, crews were busy setting up colorful fair rides at Lee Newton Park, where the majority of the Independence Day celebration will take place. The Jasper Lions Club has been busy organizing the 2021 event, and are excited to have it back after it had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“Once we got the go-ahead to proceed with our plans for this year’s celebration, all the pieces just started falling into place thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Lions members and other volunteers who help keep things running smoothly,” said Leslie Miller, the club’s immediate past president. “We are so excited to be back this year with the Independence Day festivities. I feel like we are emerging from the pandemic fog, and I can’t think of a better way than celebrating our country.”
This year things are slightly different, with the parade starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 (instead of the traditional 10 a.m. start time). Entertainment at Lee Newton Park will be on both Saturday and Sunday, with fireworks Sunday, July 4 at 10 p.m. The popular Peachtree Rides fair will run Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4. Discount tickets for the fair are available at a variety of businesses across the county. See a full lineup of events, entertainment, and fair times on pages 4-5B.
Miller expects the parade to be a big one this year, with a large number of participants already signed up. If you want to participate but still haven’t filled out an application, you can sign up the day of the event. Parade line-up/check-in starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 3 behind Jasper United Methodist Church. Application fee is $25 for up to four vehicles, and $5 per vehicle after that per application. The theme is “Celebrating America…Together Again!”
Raffle tickets will be sold on festival grounds. First prize - $1,000; Second prize - $500; third prize - $250. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. Raffle is drawn Sunday just before fireworks.