2007-07-04 / Front Page

Colquitt celebrated July 4th on the 2nd

by MCL Staff Writer

The celebration was dedicated to Sgt. Robert Grier and all service people and veterans. The celebration was dedicated to Sgt. Robert Grier and all service people and veterans. Colquitt continued to celebrate our nation's birthday early on Monday, July 2, as the Colquitt/Miller County Chamber of Commerce held the Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration in Spring Creek Park.

Other than being kind of hot, and having to fight the gnats, the weather was great! There was even a breeze at times to blow away the pesky gnats. The crowd was the best ever with thousands enjoying the celebration from start to finish. It looked like the beach on the Fourth of July there was so many people in chairs and on blankets enjoying the shows.

The turnout for the starting ceremony was even better than last year. Most of the crowd attempted to find shade as the festivities begun.

The festivities started at approximately 6:30 p.m. with Mayor Jerry Chapman welcoming the crowd to Colquitt.

A prayer was given by Colquitt American Legion Post 165 chaplain, Glenn Sheffield.

The presentation of colors was performed by members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The fireworks show was enjoyed again by all and was made safe by recent showers and the volunteer firemen on duty. The fireworks show was enjoyed again by all and was made safe by recent showers and the volunteer firemen on duty. Commander Amos George gave a inspiring talk on our history and what it means to be an American, after which Debbie Sloan sang a heart warming rendition of the National Anthem and several other patriotic songs.

The presentment of colors was then performed by the members of the local American Legion Post and VFW Post.

Mayor Chapman introduced the well known group "Clutch" for the evening's entertainment where hundreds of people had gathered at the amphitheater and spread out on the grass, in chairs, and on blankets for a great show. Many visitors from all over the Tri-State were on hand to enjoy the patriotic ceremony, "Clutch," a most congenial crowd, food and at dark another grand fireworks display.

Sgt. Robert Grier was called to the stage by Bea Johnson to tell him and the crowd that the entire celebration was dedicated to him and all service people and vet- erans. Sgt. Grier will leave Wednesday heading for Iraq. "Clutch" sang a number of patriotic songs including Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The U.S.A."

"Clutch" performer doing a great rendition of Dolly Parton "Clutch" performer doing a great rendition of Dolly Parton The group "Clutch" is getting to be a standard in Colquitt entertainment. They do such a great job entertaining from the very young to the very old, and all in between.

The sky was black when the fireworks show started, but before long, the entire sky was lighted with the professionals doing their thing as the Colquitt/ Miller County Fire Department and Miller County EMS stood by just in case. The beautiful display of fireworks kept the crowd on their toes for more than 30 minutes that seemed like a lot longer.

Many attending stated that this was the best entertainment and fireworks display ever in Colquitt.

If you missed any, or all of the Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration on the 2nd, in Colquitt, you missed a great start in the celebration of our nation's 231st birthday of freedom and independence.

The Chamber of Commerce will start planning on next year's celebration. By that time, those who helped might have forgotten how hot it was while enjoying the activities.

Thank those who sponsor this tremendous event at no cost to the public. Without these people, businesses, and organizations, there would be no great celebration such as this.

Make your plans now to celebrate in Colquitt next year for another enjoyable evening of being with friends and neighbors and celebrating our nation's birthday.

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