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Independence Day celebration at the park

Photo by Shari Harris
From left, Phyllis Hibner, Sherry Randall, Wendy King, Kassi Ramsey, Donna Creech and Sherry Wilson served customers chicken dinners or pulled pork sandwiches at the G-ma Pam’s table Saturday. Gary Hassell and Jim Maddox worked the grill in the background, with Kaleb Buckner.

By Shari Harris, Publisher

A Friday afternoon decision was made to postpone Saturday evening’s fireworks, until a sufficient amount of rainfall eases the current drought conditions. But other activities continued at Deer Lick Park, with G-Ma Pam’s Rack Pack anchoring the food vendors with their barbecue chicken dinner. A few industrious young ladies offered lemonade nearby, to accompany the meal.

Photos by Shari Harris

In addition, the LHS girls basketball team sold walking tacos, nachos and hot dogs. The LHS boys basketball team fried funnel cakes for dessert. Wildcat Travel Club had several selections of homemade ice cream to cool down the day as well. Custard by C-Sue arrived later, with their delectable treats, sure to please.

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Jerry Satterfield won the Henry .22 rifle at the Knights of Columbus raffle Saturday. Ava Walker drew the winners’ names for the Knights. About 95 percent of the fundraiser’s proceeds are used to help those in need in Texas County.

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Craig Stewart, shown with wife, Christina, won the Ruger .22 at the Knights of Columbus raffle Saturday.

The Knights of Columbus offered a gun raffle to visitors, and enlisted Ava Walker to draw winners of their Henry .22 rifle, which went to Jerry Satterfield, and their Ruger .22, which went to Craig Stewart.

The Licking Fire Department was on hand, also offering a gun raffle. Limited tickets are being sold for a Hatfield 12-gauge shotgun, with the winner to be drawn when all the tickets are sold.

Stinson’s Crafty Creations brought some of her cups, pens, and other handiwork to offer those visiting the park.

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Tyler Shalbot, left, and Wyatt Porter comprised the first place “Wrong Hole” team at Saturday’s cornhole tournament to benefit the Wildcat Travel Club. Second place was won by 5-0, Patrick and Nathan Burton; third was Bagger Boyz – Kolten Sullins and Brently Morris; and A&G Industries, Ayden Wald and Glen Wright, took fourth place.

After the storm forced everyone to take cover, the Wildcat Travel Club was able to proceed with their Cornhole Tournament. Wyatt Porter and Tyler Shalbot won the tournament, with Patrick and Nathan Burton finishing second, Kolten Sullins and Brently Morris third, and Glen Wright and Ayden Wald fourth.

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Organizers are hoping for better conditions soon, so they can reschedule the fireworks event. The vendors were grateful to everyone who turned out to support them Saturday afternoon.

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