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Fourth of July celebrations across the county

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 Folks gathered in communities across Carter County this weekend, from Willard to Olive Hill, to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. 

On Friday night the Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education held their annual “On With the Show!” event, featuring show tunes and performances from Christopher Stephens, Tiffany Kennedy, Angela Fultz, Mallory Picazo, Audra Foltz, Kiersten Harris, Emanuel Picazo, Amy Greene, Greg Collinsworth, Debbie Baker Harman, Jennifer Harris, Mallory Aronhalt, Margaret Roark, and Madison Caplinger. Source material ran the gamut of eras and styles, from Hairspray to Hamilton, and a smattering of Disney songs, ending with an ensemble performance of “We Are the World.” 

On Saturday the Olive Hill community held a ribbon cutting for the new Welcome Center, giving folks a chance to peruse local entertainment and history exhibits before the town’s Homecoming Parade that afternoon. 

Over in Willard, the American Legion Post 342 hosted an evening of food and fireworks. Whittney Dallaire, with the Legion, said the third annual event was a great success, and she thanked the many volunteers who helped put the event together, including the Willard Church of Christ, Willard Wesleyan, and Willard Missionary Baptist churches. She also expressed appreciation to the Hitchins and Webbville Volunteer Fire Departments for their presence. 

“And, we want to thank everyone who showed up and made it worth the efforts that go into the event,” she said. “Our events are truly a community effort and we want to make sure everyone feels appreciated.” 

On Sunday, crowds gathered in Grayson and Olive Hill for the fireworks display. While the Carter County Thunder event was not on this year, Tres Hermanos Nuñez Restaurant sponsored fireworks in Grayson. Many folks gathered at the new Grayson Sports Park to watch the show, where Better Life Church sponsored food, face painting, and inflatables. 

In Olive Hill bands played for crowds gathered in front of the Depot to watch the fireworks, and over at Duvall-Moore Funeral Home, the Duvall family dished up hotdogs with the famous Burton’s hot dog sauce from the original Drive In restaurant. 

Jason Duvall, who learned the recipe and technique for the sauce from his uncle Philip Burton, said he made 30 pounds of hot dog sauce for their community cookout this year. With daylight just beginning to wane, Duvall said they had about 10 lbs of the sauce left and had served more than 340 hotdogs so far. 

As the sun sat, private fireworks displays began blossoming over rooftops and across the skyline. Once the sun had fully vacated the sky the city sponsored fireworks display was launched from the hill overlooking the town, near the Masonic Lodge, with perfect views from Railroad Street and Tom T. Hall Boulevard. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com 

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