An evening in the park

Photo by Shari Harris
The stars in the sky twinkled red, white, blue and more on July 6 at Deer Lick Park.
By Shari Harris

Good food, good music and friendly people added up to a beautiful evening at Deer Lick Park July 6. The heat of the day had eased by 6:00 p.m. when Bridgette Hart, LHS Class of 2018, sang the National Anthem.
Photo by Shari Harris
Mark Seitz played his guitar and sang, keeping the crowd entertained throughout the evening.
Mark Seitz entertained the crowd with his singing and guitar accompaniment from then until 9:00 p.m., just before the fireworks.
G-Ma Pam's Rack Rack had a delicious chicken dinner for sale at the first pavilion. The Knights of Columbus were also selling raffle tickets for two guns.
Vendors stretched both sides of the park from there to the second pavilion where Seitz was set up.
The 2018 Kawasaki Mule was on display and tickets were available for its raffle by the TCMH Healthcare for the Hospice of Care fund, which benefits area Hospice of Care patients. The utility vehicle will be awarded to a winner on November 9 at the conclusion of the TCMH Healthcare Foundation’s annual Chili Cook Off.
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From left: Allie Decker, Marianna Sanchez and 
Emma Taber sold ice cream to raise money 
for the Wildcat Travel Club’s 2020 European WWII Tour.

The Wildcat Travel Club teens were selling ice cream cones, with a good variety of scrumptious sounding flavors, fundraising for their 2020 European WWII tour.
Next in line was the Texas County Democrat booth, where free flags and water were distributed to passersby.
Children and adults lined up at the face-painting tent and emerged as a variety of exotic creatures – unicorns, dragons and more.
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From left: Jordan Kinder, Millie Carver and Matthew Funk 
sponsored a 50/50 drawing to raise funds 
for their Australia and New Zealand trip.

Another travel club, Licking Christian Church’s World Travel Club, was selling 50/50 chances and offered games and a bake sale to raise money for their Australia and New Zealand trip.

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From left: Marlie Lewis, George Snelling and Layla Morrow invited passersby to stop for cotton candy, snowcones or popcorn at the LPHC Royal Rangers and Missionettes booth.
Opposite these vendors, LPHC’s Royal Rangers and Missionettes offered snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy.
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Isobel McConnell and the LPHC teens offered burgers and hot dogs to the crowd. From left: McConnell, Jennsen Vestal, Colleen Martin, Mia Cantrell, Robin Lyons and Rebecca Lyons.
The LPHC teens were selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs.
All together, the atmosphere was perfect as children enjoyed the playground while neighbors and friends relaxed in lawn chairs in await of the fireworks display.
And, from the sounds of the crowd, no one was disappointed by the evening’s finale. The ground beneath reverberated with the blasts, and the sky overhead was filled with explosions of color while patriotic music played in the background. It was a rousing celebration of our nation’s Independence Day, and an awe-inspiring conclusion to a beautiful evening in the park.
Photo by Shari Harris



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