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June 23, 2014

Elmore celebration is family oriented — Independence Day will always get top billing for fireworks spectacles. For those who need more than just one show, Elmore City has always been happy to oblige.

Enter First Baptist Church in Elmore City with their God and Country Celebration. It’s typically held the Sunday before the big patriotic day.

Church Secretary Linda Medford promises a family atmosphere that also glorifies spiritually at the 14th annual event held at the Elmore City Lake.

“We just want to touch the heart and lives of others and share the love of God with them,” said Medford.

“We just want to remind everyone what a blessing it is to have all our friends and community here. It’s just a good community.”

Per tradition, music will kick of festivities at 5:30 p.m., before people can get in line for hot dogs and refreshments at 6 p.m., according to Medford.

Getting there early is always best to ensure one’s favorite spot. There are usually between 2,500 to 3,000 visitors who make the trek.

While there, the family activities will include a kids corner with moon bounce, face painting for the kids and even a snow cone stand. People are asked to bring extra lawn chairs, water and bug spray to make the evening as comfortable as they can before one of the biggest fireworks shows in the area starts at about 9:30 p.m.

“It will just be a huge show,” said Medford. “The lights going up over the lake is just awesome — most amazing thing to see. Just as big, if not bigger than last year.”

It will be the second event for FBC Pastor Smokey (Darrick) Hurst, who was impressed with the scale and atmosphere last year.

“There’s just a overwhelming friendly presence from everyone there. We believe our freedom is also available in Christ,” said Hurst.

“How well it’s put together and It’s a really exciting fun place.”

As far as the music, it will feature both members of the church who sing and comes with an invitation for anyone else who wants to share the stage. To sing at the event one must sign up by Monday, June 23 by calling the church. They must have the song title and other related information ready, Medford said.

“That first started with just people in our church who wanted to sing,” said Medford. “Then other churches saw it and wanted to do it too.”

The encouraged music for the singing is gospel. Medford said it would be best to bring one’s own music on a cd or someone who can play an instrument along with them.

“There’s nothing more important we could do then do than this,” said Medford. “It is just one of the best family events you can go to around here.”

For more information or to sign up to sing, call the church office at 580-780-4110. Elmore City Lake is located three blocks north of the 4-way on state Highway 74.

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