Heart of the Home

| July 2008

Fourth of July picnic filled with music

When I was a teenager, I looked forward to our Fourth of July picnic, which was actually an all-day music event held just outside of town.

People came from miles around, bringing sack lunches and lawn chairs. A long, flatbed trailer was set up under a shade tree where the electrical connections were located, and well-known acts found their way to our stage.

Gospel acts including The Blackwood Brothers, The Statesmen Quartet, The Stamps Quartet, the Plainsmen, the Weatherford Quartet, The Chuck Wagon Gang and The Singing Wills Family performed for us over the years.

To balance out the day, there was a country music portion of the program.

I remember Johnny Horton singing The Battle of New Orleans. Johnny & Jack, Kitty Wells and Minnie Pearl were also there. Then there was a newcomer named Elvis Presley. Who could have imagined what kind of future he had ahead of him!

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