Old-fashioned Fourth in the works

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Pilot Point organizers add art to festivities

An old-fashioned community gathering is what organizers hope to put together this Independence Day in Pilot Point.

The city’s second consecutive Fourth of July parade will begin at 9 a.m. and will wind 1 1/2 miles through town, from Prairie Street to Main Street, around the downtown square and then ending on Liberty Street, Sherry Johansen said.

Johansen is on the board of directors for Friends of the Square, a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports the downtown area. She said she and board members Sue Holt and Joyce Duesman have been collaborating with the Pilot Point Main Street Program and the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce to work to bring back that down-home spirit to the community.

New this year will be an Art Show at the Pilot Point Community Opera House, across the street from the square. The art exhibit will be open from 8 to 10:30 a.m., and it, like all events, are free to attend, organizers said.

About 80 works by students in the Pilot Point school district will be displayed, Johansen said.

“The entries have all already been judged by two local artists, Wes Miller and Jean Adas,” she said.

Having the two events in the morning will give residents and visitors time to go elsewhere throughout the day, volunteers said, but they hope people will stay and linger at the square for a little while.

“We have a new coffee shop opening on the square and they are hoping to introduce themselves on the Fourth,” Johansen said. “After all, who doesn’t love coffee?”

Event volunteer Charlotte Petermeier said the parade is still accepting entries and will continue to do so until the day of the event.

“We start lining up at the intermediate school at 7:45 a.m. and will leave at 9 a.m.,” she said. “Any children, trucks, trailers, floats and old cars are encouraged to join us.”

Johansen said Napa Auto Parts has been a major sponsor, and Stanley Ford’s generosity is also appreciated.

“Stanley Ford is helping us have 500 American flags that will be distributed to parade participants and parade watchers,” she said. “We are going to have a lot of fun Friday.”

To participate in the parade or to volunteer for Pilot Point’s festivities, contact Johansen at s-johansen@msn.com or 972-489-1713.

MEGAN GRAY-HATFIELD can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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