Organizers with the third annual Independence Day Celebration at Powell are gearing up for the Saturday event.


Organizers with the third annual Independence Day Celebration at Powell are gearing up for the Saturday event.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Hill and Hollow grounds of the Brumley Publishing Co.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Shady Grove Bluegrass and Canaan Bound.
Hot dogs, chips, nachos, popcorn and soft pretzels will be provided by Meadors’ 4M Service Station.

Watermelon, soda and homemade cookies will be included free with each meal purchased.
And the proceeds go toward a good cause.

“Since the state of Missouri has allowed us to keep the old iron bridge at Powell, we are doing three fundraisers a year,” said Virginia Hall, with the Historic Bridge at Powell and the Powell Historical Preservation Society. “And all of the money that we get goes only for the bridge, whenever they turn it over to us, because once they do – once the new bridge is built – and it is officially turned over to us, then we will hire an inspector to inspect it once a year for safety.

“(Currently) it is still having traffic. It will be a walking bridge after they build the new bridge. Everything that we make, we put back because we will have it inspected yearly. We will have the liability insurance and the upkeep/maintenance and all of that, so we want to get a head start.”

Other festivities that day include kid-sized games and activities with adult supervision.
Free sparklers will be distributed, and hayrides to the historic Powell Bridge are planned.
All attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a metal iron elk welcome sign (27 inches by 43 inches) designed by artist Diane Evans, Wheaton. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Powell Historical Preservation Society’s Ham and Been Feed on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The July 3 celebration will end with a fireworks display, courtesy of Bob and Tudy Brumley.
Hall stated the whole day will be fun for the whole family.

The event is alcohol and drug free and spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their comfort.

For more information, contact Virginia Hall at 435-2394.