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July 04, 2013


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I was thinking back to July 4th family reunions when I was a child. Some of them was frisky, but boy - nothing like what's described above. LOL

God bless.


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That was a nice story for our
Independence Day. I like to read
John Parris' stories.

Happy Independence Day to all...Ken

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!!! I was thinking aback to when I was a kid and we used to do big family get-together picnics and lots of fireworks and go watch them. Anymore, I'm the one who still likes to go watch them. Hubby would prefer to sit in the cool of the house and watch some of the shows on TV. Family spread out too far to come together for the 4th, especially, when like me, most have to work tomorrow. Thank you for bringing back memories!

Mama took the paper, so I daily read the John Parris column. He offered up history from the folks he interviewed. I have several of his books. Reading the tales again always brings new insight.

Thanks for the great reach back into history and painting a vivid picture of what happened way back when. I really enjoyed it.

Hi Tipper
I wish you all Happy Day of the Fatherland!FELIZ DÍA DE LA PATRIA!
July is a month of independence in more than one country.
For us, in Argentina is the July 9, 1816.
Make it a day to remember and honor all those who fought for our independence and our freedom!
Best wishes from Buenos Aires, Argentina, José Luis.

The only game they left out in this story was climbing the greased flag pole!
I loved the post today! I've had to miss a few lately and am tryin' to catch up.
John Parris is one of my favorites, of course me being born in Asheville, NC and hearing stories about his stories from relatives.
I haven't heard "rip-snortin'" in a long, long time. "Slew", is also one word I use in that context also...Others I may have missed 'cause I still use'm! LOL
We're having the big boat races in town and farworks tonight...that is if the rain stays away for a while! We live just a mile from the lake, (the way the crow flies) and have been hearing the qualifiying races most of the week when the wind carries the sound! They shut off the whole dike in town and set up tents, etc. for music, food and so forth. Lots of fun for the young folks, but lots of noise for the old folks...LOL
Have a Happy Fourth!
Thanks Tipper,
PS....The dam broke and our little few rows of beans are pretty wet! We are getting okra, peppers, cucumbers and squash! Tomatoes are very late, but a few Sweet 100's are ripe and eaten as soon as we see them right off the vine...Soooo, so good!
My daylilies are the prettiest they have been in years...due to the early Spring rains...The rain now will spot them up...I have a few that I have not seen bloom before due to the crazy dryness in previous couple of years...
PS...we have been picking a few blackberries around the edge of the woods too...

4 July was never the big deal that Memorial(Decoration)day was up in here. That is until the outlander(yankee) influence became prevalent in these mountains---There were observances of course, but not nearly as elaborate as in places outside of the South.
When merchants found they could make a buck, well, that helped, too.

How can i download the song lost indian, burnt toast?
love it

Barrel races have a whole different look around Central Texas - and many other parts of "the West": Barrels up on end in a large rodeo arena or pasture and a rider on a horse running as fast and as tight as they can without knocking the barrels over and get the best time. Sometimes it looks like they are runnin' on their side!

As for the other celebrations and festivities: lots of neighborhoods around here have parades and picnics and various competitions. My daughter once begged for a unicycle (she had to pay half) which she rode in the neighborhood parade when we lived in town - from age 8 or 9 until mid high school years - then between not being able to w find a post long enough for her 6 foot 2 inch body and her teaching dance and working various camps in the summer, she didn't ride in any more parades.

Lots of decorated wagons, bikes, trikes, strollers, kids, wheelchairs, pets and lots of prizes for silliness such as most patriotic bicycle decoration, best handlebar mustache, most unique entry, longest hair (in the 70s it wasn't unusual for a man to win that!), most different colored hair, most sweat producing costume, smallest and largest pet, youngest and oldest participant - - just whatever struck that year's organizer's fancy.

And then there would be games and contests. . . and, depending on burn ban status - there may be fireworks - recent showers mean we will have them this year if the wind doesn't come up; but, the volunteer fire departments are always standing ready.

The last two years we had to settle for glow sticks!

I enjoyed the story very much. Quite a celebration.

The weather is not good for celebrating the Fourth here in Brevard. All the festivities are scheduled to happen regardless of weather with the fireworks being decided at 9:15 PM tonight with alternate dates tomorrow and Saturday. The Patriotic Concert is scheduled to be at 2 PM this afternoon at Brevard Music Center. The Brevard Community Band, of which I am a member, is combining forces with the VERY talented high school-age Brevard Music Center attendees.

You know when I was a dumb youngin, I used to the read the Asheville Citizen-Times every day I could get my hands on it. John Parris had a column in there and it was the only part of the paper I wouldn't read. What a fool this mortal be.

I found this article about Joe L Hartley that might interest you. http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-postwar/6840

All that jollification is just more than I can imagine. Men, wild animals, and money, now that's a combination guaranteed to bring a lively outcome!
I guess aging brings calming, that kind of excitement no longer appeals to me.
Linville is just down the mountain from me. Driving through it is very quiet and sedate. It's hard to imagine the wild hilarity described above, but I do expect it happened just as it's written.
Happy Independence Day to all and let's not forget that the 4th of July celebrates our independence!

What a delightful tale by John Parris on the "Rip-Snortin'" 4th of long ago! I think inventiveness and "doing with what you have" come through clearly in this account. With very little equipment and no "traveling circus" to entertain, the people used what they had--like "greased pigs" and eggs, barrels, oxen to put on a show and have some fun. I hope everyone has a good 4th of July--safe and enjoyable--with a good bit of remembrance of "how it once was" in our neck of the woods we call America!

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