The Independence Day event, which has a theme of “We the People,” will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. featuring performing bands, marching bands, antique cars, antique tractors, exhibits of military vehicles and many others.
“There will be activities for everyone,” organizers said. “There will be a fine line-up of independent exhibitors.”
The Grand Marshal will be Coach Doug Kesler. The Citizen of the Year is Vicky Smith and the Master of Ceremonies will be “crazy old” Roscoe PuCannon. At the end of the parade, there will be presentations and introductions from the bandstand featuring the Farrow Family singing “The National Anthem” and other patriotic songs, Invocation by Reverend Scott Smith, The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and presentations to the Grand Marshal and Citizen of the Year, and the introduction of Canna Pageant winners.
Colbert’s “famous barbecue” will be served at noon. Plates are $8. The Lion’s Club will serve hotdogs, hamburgers, and barbecue sandwiches, with other food available from numerous vendors.
There will be entertainment all afternoon from the bandstand, featuring Danny Anthony and the “Voice of Truth”; Bill Sartain and Nuthin Nu Band; Emily Parham and others. There will be activities for the kids, including pony rides, little train rides and inflatables.
The Colbert City Museum, located in the depot, and little red caboose will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with the Eberhardt House, an authentic log cabin, which was the home of Colbert’s early residents when the area was known as “Five Forks.”
Horseshoe pitching contests will be conducted by Jimmy Coile and his son, Jeff. There will be a variety of arts and crafts near the bandstand. All proceeds go to improvements of the Colbert community.
For the first time, there will be drawings for cash prizes — one for $300 and one for $100. Tickets can be picked up at the table located near the bandstand. The person holding the winning ticket must be present to win. The drawing will be held and announced from the bandstand at 2 p.m. There is no charge for the ticket.
To register to be in the parade, call Cindy Morris at 706-202-7214. To register as a vendor for a booth space, call Jenny Mason at 706-255-7053.
“Please come spend the day and have an old-fashioned down-home big time!” organizers said.