Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Local News

June 25, 2013

Family friendly skies set for EC

emann@pvdemocrat.com — America’s 237th birthday will mean more than enough cause for celebration as citizens take time to remember historical milestones aplenty and kicking off Garvin County’s first major event for Independence Day will be Elmore City.

Making its 13th appearance thanks to Elmore City’s First Baptist Church, the God and Country Celebration will be welcoming families back once again to take part in festivities as it returns to the city’s lake this Sunday, June 30.

Mixing in a little civic pride in with patriotism for another round is longtime resident Skeet Luster, who is thrilled to be a part of the event that kicks off at 6:30 p.m., both because of how welcoming it has been for her since she moved back in the 1990s and its familiar family friendly approach.

“It’s one of our missions for our church to do this in the community,” said Luster, who can’t seem to stop helping organize the shindig since it reminds her of her own childhood growing up in a similarly sized community called Sentinel.

“I guess it’s just like the old fashioned Fourth of July… It’s a very pleasant experience for everybody.”

Outgrowing attendance in pretty much every year it has been held, the event is bringing back live music by local groups, free hot dogs with all the trimmings and one of the most impressive fireworks shows around, said Luster.

Last year alone there were about 5,000 visitors with no less expected this weekend and a good portion of those come from considerably larger towns and even out of state.

“We have people come in from Oklahoma City, Dallas,” said Luster. “It takes a lot of people to do it.”

While one of the most popular portions won’t be back in the 145th Army Band performance, the lights in the sky at the end of the night, or as the locals call “dark thirty,” is promised to feature a special surprise for those who hang around until the end, said Luster.

There will also be the addition of snow cones for the first 1,500 people who stop by, and kids will have something to keep them entertained from volleyball as well as face painting and the moon bounce to riding their bikes or trikes.

“Come the fireworks time it’s just waves of people enjoying the show,” said Luster, noting how because there is no lifeguard there will again be no swimming even though lake levels are back up.

“That’s where my heart is and I’m glad I can do it.”

Visitors are encouraged to show up earlier for prime places to bring their own outdoor chairs or blankets and also wear bug spray. For more information contact the church office at 580-788-4110.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Senior Housing Addition Senior housing gets first tenants

    The time is now for the official day one of a senior housing project as work continues to move forward on the west side of Pauls Valley.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bob's Pig Shop Fire Bob's Pig Shop Fire

                

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • A school election that is no more

    First there was an election date, now there’s not as Wynnewood school officials are starting over searching for a new plan to address building needs.

    July 28, 2014

  • Dancing VBS Good times for VBS volunteers

    Summer can provide a plethora of enriching opportunities for kids with plenty of time to spend. One of the most popular avenues has always been the good old-fashioned vacation Bible school.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pup up for adoption 7-25-14 Pauls Valley Pup up for Adoption

              

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • One hurt in head-on wreck

    Authorities are not sure what caused a vehicle to veer to the left resulting in a head-on collision near Hennepin early Wednesday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Winners plentiful at peach festival

    With no shortage of visitors making the Stratford Peach Festival a summer destination, it was a win-win situation for all parties this past weekend.

    July 24, 2014

  • Indian Meridian and Grant Wreck Indian Meridian and Grant Wreck

               

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Search on for new 911 boss

    The search for a replacement is now on after it was announced the coordinator of Garvin County’s 911 center is stepping down.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stratford Peach Festival 2014 PeachFest draws big crowd

    Unseasonably comfortable weather, a day full of family fun and one of the best fruit crops in recent years. Mix that together and you have one of the best-attended Stratford Peach Festival’s on record.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Business Marquee

e-Edition
  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.

     

    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE E-EDITION SITE

     

    ATTENTION CURRENT DEMOCRAT SUBSCRIBERS TO START an e-EDITION

    e-mail request to sjohnson@pvdemocrat.com

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Stocks
Facebook