Polk County free festivity with music, fireworks, &coon dogs

Published 3:35 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2008

If you haven&squo;t made it down to the Gospel Sing, this is your last night to support the Columbus Fire Department before the town heats up with the Fabulous 4th Celebration. Tonight Veteran&squo;s Park is alive with free music starting at 7 p.m. BBQ, hot dogs, and hamburgers are grilling with the sales benefiting the Columbus Fire Department. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, events will be held at Columbus Baptist Church. Call 828-894-5858 for more information. Friday the entire town of Columbus is alive for the Fabulous 4th celebration in Downtown Columbus. Check the map for stage locations and parking information, then plan to enjoy an exciting line up from 10 a.m. until midnight of family fun. Please note that handicap parking is available on Courthouse and Gibson Streets. Admission is free and activities include amusement rides, craft booths, food and drinks for sale, a huge fireworks display, and music on two stages. Limited golf cart shuttle service will be available. There will be two stages of music running all day long. Here&squo;s the line up for the day: Main Stage 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies Tena Greene (Star Spangled Banner) 10:15 a.m. Rock and Roll Reunion (Classic rock and roll) 11:40 a.m. The Smokey Joe Show (Americana, blues, etc) 1:05 p.m. Gator Gumbo (Cajun) 2:35 p.m. Blonde Blues (Blues, rock) 4:05 p.m. Jackson Crossing (Americana, rock, blues) 5:35 p.m. Peter Karp (Folk, funk, blues, rock) 7:15 p.m. Beth Stevens (Bluegrass) 8:35 p.m. The Dixie Beeliners (Bluegrass, Americana) 9:45 p.m. Fireworks (with recorded music) 10:20 p.m. Retrovertigo (Classic Rock, 80&squo;s Rock) Street Stage 10 a.m. Ali Baston 10:45 a.m. Dance Dynamics 11:45 a.m. Drummer 12:45 p.m. Rich Bauer (Country Blues) 1:40 p.m. Anna Marie Kuether 2:30 p.m. Big Road (Acoustic Blues) 4:30 p.m. Stray Silver Bullet Band 6 p.m. Lonesome Road Band For more information you can contact Brenda Bradshaw at 828-693-8431, or Columbus Town Hall 828-894-8236. For information about main stage events contact Peter Eisenbrown 864-817-5159. Check in with Frank Beeson about the Street Stage at 828-894-0744. The weekend is far from over Friday night. Since the Fireworks and festivities on the fourth are no place for our furry four footed friends, plan to bring them out Saturday to Saluda for a day that&squo;s all about dogs and their people. Of course, any real Coon Dogs will want to test their skills with the events at the Saluda School Ball Field. For a small entry fee you pooch can strut their stuff in the Bench Show at 1 p.m., Treeing Contest at 3 p.m., or the Annual Night Hunt at 8 p.m. Coon Dog day is often warm, but this year Gentle Hands Grooming (located over the bridge, across from the Green River BBQ) will be hosting a Doggie Refreshment Area with splashing pools, shady spots, frozen treats, and a Humane Society Adoption Center. As for the entertainment, there&squo;s a whole day lined up to keep your tail a wagging from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on stage. 9 a.m. Green River Boys Gospel Bluegrass 10 a.m. Flaco & Ze Clownettes Interactive Performance 10:30 a.m. Green River Boys Gospel Bluegrass 11 a.m.&bsp; Coon Dog Day Parade with Master of Ceremonies, Hop Foster & Grand Marshall, Ms. Emma B. Chambliss 12:30 p.m. Old Tyme Pickers Country & Bluegrass mix of Old Timey music 2 p.m. Sound Investment 60&squo;s & 70&squo;s Rock and Roll 4:30 p.m. The Folsom Prison Gang A Johnny Cash Tribute 7 p.m. Annual Downtown Street Dance on Main Street with the Lonesome Road Band Finish off your weekend over at Harmon Field on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Follow the signs to Music in the Field for a Patriotic program in honor of the holiday. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of songs from the past. Musicians are welcome to help share patriotic songs and old time favorites. Music in the Field is the first Sunday of every month through October. Call 894-3370 if you have further questions.

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