Barbecue in Moreland today
by W. Winston Skinner
Independence Day events that were planned in Newnan have been canceled, but the celebration of America’s birthday continues today in Moreland and Friday in Haralson.
The parade planned for this afternoon in Newnan was canceled, and the Newnan Rotary Club announced the fireworks that were scheduled for tonight at Drake Stadium have been been postponed until July 13.
The smaller towns of Moreland and Haralson continued with their plans for celebrating the nation’s 237th birthday
Volunteers were busy Wednesday in Moreland getting ready for today’s barbecue. Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance volunteers figured out how to get most of the Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival vendors into the Moreland Mill for today. Usually, vendors are sprawled around downtown – with many on the lawn at Moreland United Methodist Church.
The festival is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
If weather permits, a patriotic bike parade and a dog walk will start the day in Moreland. Participants in the bike parade will gather at 8:30 a.m. in front of Moreland Methodist, with the dog walk to follow. Entries in both will be judged, and prizes will be given to winners.
The Moreland Community Historical Society sponsors the bike parade and dog walk, as well as opening ceremonies.
This year’s barbecue is the 65th, so longtime volunteers have coped with rain before. Plates will be $8 each – with serving at the Lewis Grizzard Barbecue Pavilion behind the Moreland Mill. Desserts will also be available.
The official start time for barbecue is 11 a.m., but serving often begins a half hour earlier.
Haralson always holds its Independence Day celebration a day before or after the official observance. This year’s celebration will be Friday evening. Parade participants will line up at the Haralson Head Start Center in time to start the parade at 6:30 p.m.
This year the parade is a tribute to the late Billy “Paw Paw” Ward. Ward was a Massachusetts native who served as a Coweta County firefighter for 22 years. Ward had earlier served as a volunteer firefighter in Heard County.
He died in 2012. The Coweta County Fire Department renamed the Servants Heart Award as the Paw Paw Servants Award, and the department posthumously honored Ward as Firefighter of the Year.
After the parade, people will gather at a lot on Line Creek Road near its intersection with Shaddix Road. There will be entertainment and concessions, until the fireworks show – sponsored by the Town of Haralson – at dark.