You didn’t have to go far for fireworks this past year on Independence Day.
The Ellerbe Lions Club will kick off a whole day of events, starting at 10 a.m. when gates open and lasting until the last person had left after the fireworks display.
Sponsored by Ellerbe Telephone Company, the 4th of July Jamboree began with an opening ceremony at 2 p.m., at Ellerbe Lions Club Park, with a welcome, presentation of colors, National Anthem, Taps in honor of our fallen soldiers and an invocation.
At 2:15 p.m. one of the main attractions took the stage; The Saddle Creek Band played country, pop and bluegrass. They were followed by Stan and Linda Jacobs at 4 p.m., and they performed gospel. At 5 p.m. the Quicksilver Cloggers performed and there were clogging competition.
At 6:15 p.m. the Ellerbe Lions Club presented their 2011 Distinguished Citizens Award. Last year, the award went to Robert Page for his services to those less fortunate.
At 6:30 p.m. the Lee Thee Men’s Chorus performed gospel.
“They played last year,” said Ted Futrell, Ellerbe Lions Club president. “They have a really tight sound. It’s tight for a gospel group but their harmony is really incredible.”
They were followed by The Dixie Still Band out of Gastonia at 7:30. Theirs were the last performance before the Ellerbe Fire Department put on the fireworks show just after dark, about 9:15 p.m. Steve Arey played music during the fireworks.
Food was sold by Boy Scouts and vendors, and the menus featured hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cake and the usual fair foods.
The Ellerbe Lions Club organized a watermelon race and other games, boat rides, face painting, bounce houses, a water slide and a 26-foot rock climbing wall called the Gut-Check Challenge.
The Ellerbe Lions Club hosted the event at the Lions Club Park, located at 306 Millstone Road, Ellerbe, NC 28338.