July 3—Never let a little water get in the way of having a great time!

Tishomingo will put on the Red, White and Blue this Saturday for the annual Johnston County Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Festival.

Due to flooding in Pennington Creek Park, booths, entertainment and activities normally held there have been moved to the west side of the Chickasaw Nation Capitol north of the park.

This year’s theme is “Family, Community, Country,” and festivities get underway that morning with the annual Fourth of July Parade.

The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Also at 10 a.m. will be the start of registration for the annual Horse Shoe Pitching Contest; registFourthration will conclude at 11 a.m.

Serving as this year’s Parade Grand Marshal will be Elisabeth Cates-Muller, a local resident who was born in German occupied Holland during WWII and whose father went into hiding from the Nazis for helping the Jews. Muller gained her U.S. Citizenship in 1990.

Immediately following the parade, festival activities begin in earnest with the opening of vendor booths on the west side of the Capitol Grounds at 11 a.m.
Activities will formally begin at 11:15 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance, following by the singing of the National Anthem; a presentation by the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the traditional invocation.

The horse shoe contest begins at 11:30 a.m. Live entertainment is scheduled to start at noon.

In addition to entertainment at the capitol, The Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast on Main Street will be having a Fourth of July Music Bash at the Platinum Ballroom, featuring Adrian Johnston from noon to 3 p.m. and Ethan Stedman from 3:30 to 6 p.m. All ages and no cover.

Several popular events will once again be returning for this year’s festival.
These will include the traditional sack races and turtle races at 1 and 1:30 p.m.. respectively; the second annual “Good Golly Miss Dolly” pinto bean cook off and judging at 1 p.m.; and the fifth annual National Pinto Bean Spitting Contest, which is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m.

Participants in that contest will again compete in one of five divisions: Adult men; Adult women; Children 3-6; Children 7-11; and Children 12-16.

At 2:30 p.m. the Chamber will conduct a drawing for a “Pink Lady” .38 Special Revolver. Tickets for the drawing are $1 apiece and are currently available at the Chamber of Commerce office; Courtesy PC; Heffington Realty; and Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts. Ticket holders need not be present to win, but must be 18 in order to enter the drawing.

Live entertainment at the capitol will end at 3 p.m., with most booth activities wrapping up at 4 p.m.

In the evening the fun shifts to Murray State College, where this year’s holiday celebration will conclude with the annual fireworks display.
The program is scheduled to begin at dusk and will be held south of the Johnston County Sports Complex.

The event promises to be fun for the whole family. Come join us!

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