Haralson to celebrate July 4 a day early
By W. WINSTON SKINNER
Haralson will be celebrating Independence Day early.
While several Coweta towns will be mounting Fourth of July events Wednesday, Haralson will hold its parade and fireworks Tuesday. Corey Payton, 16, will be the grand marshal for the parade in Haralson.
Payton completed his first full year of racing last year with one win and nine top five finishes. He was second in points and was voted Most Improved Driver in the B-cadet class.
In 2012, Payton has already captured two wins. He is the son of Rickey and Pam Payton.
Eric Spencer, organizer of the events, said Haralson's parade will start at 6:30 p.m. "Following the parade there will be a meet-and- greet for everyone with an autograph session and pictures to be taken," he said. "Other local drivers will be present, also."
The meet-and-greet will be held at a field on Line Creek Road – near the intersection with Shaddix Road – where people will gather following the parade to wait for dusk and a fabulous free fireworks display.
Members of Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak will be selling hot dogs, cold soft drinks and baked goods at the Haralson fireworks field starting about 6:45 p.m.
Allen-Lee members first brought concessions to Haralson last year and were excited about the opportunity to be there again. "I enjoy the fireworks," longtime church member Louise Nelson commented at a recent planning meeting.
The City of Haralson will present a fireworks display that is easily seen from the field on Line Creek Road at dark – about 9 p.m.