The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, July 5, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The voluminous rain this week forced the postponement of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club's annual Independence Day Festival.
The event has been rescheduled for Friday evening, July 12 on the Franklin County High School football field.
Rotary club officers said the field at the track was already soaked Wednesday with more rain expected, so it was not possible for the festival to take place.
All bands and events should still be included in the festival, club members said.
Corey Hunley and the Harwell Grice Band are still scheduled to headline the festival.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. for the free event, with the traditional fireworks show starting just after dusk.
Besides music, plenty of food will be available as well as fun games and activities for the children.
During the festivities, the annual Patriot Award will be presented to a Franklin County veteran.
Winners of the Rotary club's raffles will also be named.
First place winner for the $100 raffle tickets will receive $5,000, second place will get $3,000 and third place, $2,000.
Many prizes, including a grill, will be presented to lucky holders of the $1 raffle tickets. Raffle tickets for both will be sold at the event.
Rotary club members continue to sell the tickets.
The Rotary club uses proceeds from the raffles to benefit local charities.
This year, proceeds will be split between Stepping Stone Mission (soup kitchen), Henry Fork Center (for a playground), Free Clinic of Franklin County and Helping Hands.