June 27, 2012 Edition

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Summer offers
lots of activities

John Bland
Publisher

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..." These lyrics from George Gershwin's musical "Porgy and Bess" imply summer is slow and relaxed. However, as you read the pages of this week's TD, you will note that community events continue at full speed.

On Saturday evening, Lynn hosted Community Fest, an event that raised more than $1,600 to help The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge. It is gratifying to see such generosity. As Lindsay Penn states this week in her Smithville column, "Thank God for small towns with big hearts!"

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On Saturday, The Rockabilly Run, a motorcycle poker run and ride, was held with stops that included the Powhatan Historic State Park, Wings of Honor Museum at the Walnut Ridge airport and ending at Beatles Park in downtown Walnut Ridge with a concert and refreshments.

As was the plan, the event showcased Lawrence County tourist attractions, raised funds for tourism and brought people to Lawrence County and downtown Walnut Ridge. I would say that is a winning poker hand.

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Of course, with the coming of the Fourth of July holiday comes the Portia Picnic. This year's event, the 107th picnic, began Tuesday night and ends Saturday night and has brought the return of the Miller Spectacular Shows carnival rides and amusements.

Special entertainment is planned, and the annual baby show will be held Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., preceded by registration from 4-5 p.m.

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The 11th annual Strawberry fireworks display will be held Saturday at the Strawberry Ball Field. The David Grimes Band will perform at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.

Stormy Night Singers will perform on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at Beatles Park in downtown Walnut Ridge. They perform a variety of music, including country, gospel, oldies and rock.

On July 4, Walnut Ridge will host its annual fireworks display at Stewart Park. The show will begin at dark.

Lake Charles State Park near Powhatan should also be teeming with visitors before, during and after July 4, which falls in the middle of the week.

This is not meant to be a complete listing, but you get the idea. Whatever your plans, have a safe and happy summer and Fourth of July.

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