Haralson looking for parade entries

Vendors sought for July 4 weekend

by W. Winston Skinner

Vendors are being sought for celebrations of America’s birthday next month in Moreland and Haralson.

Moreland will be holding its annual Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival on July 4. Deborah Smith is coordinating this year’s festival, and she can be reached at imagesart1@live.com or call her at 678-850-1868. An incorrect telephone number was published in a previous story about Puckett Station.

Spaces for Puckett Station – in the Moreland Mill and on the grounds of Moreland United Methodist Church – are only $35 this year, reduced from the usual $45 fee. “We are late getting people in,” Deborah Smith said. She said electricity is available for vendors who need it for an additional $10.

“We are really seeking vendors now,” she said. Puckett Station is sponsored by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, which coordinates tourism activities in Moreland.

Haralson’s celebration of Independence Day is always held around – but not on – July 4. This year’s observance will be on July 5 with a parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dark. Parade sponsors – walking groups, vehicles, floats – need to contact Tinker Smith at 770-599-0602.

Smith said parade participants will gather at Haralson Self Storage on Highway 85 at 5:30 p.m. The parade will start at 6 p.m. moving down Highway 85 to Line Creek Road and then circling to the city park across from First Baptist Church of Haralson.

“I’ve already got a ton of vendors coming,” Tinker Smith said. Other vendors interested in participating should contact him. There will be activities for children and families at the park throughout the evening.

The fireworks will be ignited at the field off Shaddix Road as they have been for several years. Mayor Ted Bateman said the display will be visible from the park.

The fireworks will start about 9-9:15 p.m. “as soon as it gets dark enough for it,” Tinker Smith said.

Moreland’s celebration is held in conjunction with a barbecue that has been sponsored by area churches for more than 60 years. Serving officially starts at 11 a.m. at the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Barbecue Pavilion behind the Moreland Mill, but regulars know to be in line by 10:30.

Plates will be $8 each.



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