Fourth of July

Moreland events – rain or shine

by W. Winston Skinner

Moreland is planning to celebrate July 4 in a big way – no matter what Mother Nature brings to the south Coweta town.

The weatherman is predicting rain – lots of it – for Thursday, but the barbecue and the Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival will proceed. “The barbecue will go on as planned – regardless of weather,” said Jimmy Haynes, a longtime volunteer with the Independence Day tradition.

Deborah Smith, who has been putting together a plan for the Puckett Station festival, which is sponsored by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, said she believes she can get most of the vendors in the Moreland Mill. Those who need a larger outdoor space will be situated near the mill rather than at the Moreland United Methodist Church lawn.

The Moreland Community Historical Society plans the opening ceremonies and sponsors the patriotic bicycle parade and the dog walk that start the day. Josh Evans, MCHS president, said he is hoping the weather will cooperate to allow the early morning events.

The patriotic bike parade and a dog walk will again be sponsored by the Moreland Community Historical Society, with the bike parade at 8:30 a.m. in front of Moreland United Methodist Church, with the dog walk to follow. Entries in both will be judged, and prizes will be given to winners.

Boy Scout Troop 48 will raise the American flag outside the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace on the town square to kick off the day’s festivities.

Puckett Station has been held for more than 25 years in conjunction with the barbecue and is slated to run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors offering a wide range of arts and crafts are expected.

MCHS will also have its table selling T-shirts, books and other items in the mill.

The 65th annual barbecue will sell plates for $8 at the Lewis Grizzard Barbecue Pavilion behind the historic mill. Desserts will also be available.

The official start time for barbecue is 11 a.m., but serving sometimes starts a half hour or so earlier.

Cooking begins this afternoon at the barbecue pavilion.

The barbecue is sponsored by First Baptist Church of Moreland, Moreland United Methodist Church and White Oak Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

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