“It used to be a big thing but it got to where it kind of dragged off,” said Complex Board of Directors Member Thelma Fowler. “People would go to the lake or get out on boats. The last Fourth of July we had out here was in 1997.”
Jim Ricks appeared with a group of musicians. “We’re having a good time. This is probably the most people we’ve seen out here in a while. People are watching the tractor pull and the bands. I’m proud that (County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries) got the event kicked off and acted as a ramrod to keep it going.”
The County sponsored a tractor pull, a square dance from Ray Wyatt, opened the fields for baseball and softball and a small church service by John Hagan of Locust Grove Baptist Church. Other events included a cake walk and egg toss.
Carolyn Bland ran the cake walk. She said that the event brought $176.10 into the Complex’s treasury. “I’m thankful for all the people that sent cakes to us. Many of them had no kids playing ball there, or any other connection to the facility.”
Amanda Guthrie said that she came to play softball from Mayfield. “A friend called me up and told me about the event. Besides being hot, we’re having fun.”
Trenton Bugg prepared for his peewee league game against the Cardinals. His team, the Red Sox, spent the afternoon practicing batting and fielding. “I’ve been playing baseball today and hope we win. After the game, we’re going to the fireworks. That’s the best part of the Fourth of July.”
Magistrate Doug Taylor said, “We’ve had a big crowd today, and I am very impressed with it. There is a lot going on in today’s program. Entries into the tractor pull have been steady and we’ve had beautiful weather. It’s good old fashioned fun. We have fellowship with the new members of the community and have visited with some of the longtime residents. The ball fields are busy, too. None of this is by mistake. A lot of people were involved to make it happen.”
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