JONESVILLE — People passing by the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Jonesville may have noticed a huge American flag suspended by the ladder of an Arlington Fire Department truck. The flag waved beautifully in the breeze during Jonesville’s inaugural 4th of July event supported by the church with help from the Jonesville Historical Society.
“For a first time, it’s been a success,” said Judy Wolfe of the Jonesville Historical Society. “We didn’t have as many as we planned on having, but we had a good, friendly local turnout. We’ve had around 100 people coming in and out throughout the day. Next year we will have more vendors and activities.”
Children road a small tractor train around the park and played on the inflatable bounce house and slide. The bluegrass and gospel band Gaining Ground did a performance on stage. A mini-golf course was set up for people to pit against one another in the summer heat. Hot dogs and cold drinks were available for lunch and the church provided water and gifts to all who attended.
Many locals hope the event will grow in the future and attract more people.
“It’s a shame more people don’t turn up for something like this,” said Devan Semore. “I would think people out driving with their kids in the car, they would see this and the kids would have a fit and would want to come over. It’s not real hot out here today. Parents could have a little game of putt-putt and let the kids ride the rides and bounce on the stuff. I don’t know any child who doesn’t like a bouncy house or a bouncy slide. I hope the event grows in the future and I’d like to see more things to do. It’s nice that the church is putting this up. They don’t have to do that.”
Organizers thanked the Arlington Fire Department and Rescue for giving medical assistance and setting up a huge American flag with its ladder truck.
“It’s been good,” said Kevin Macemore, chief of the Arlington Fire Department. “Probably see a few more people probably next year. We’ve also been on medical stand by. They’re having a little fun. I think the flag and July 4th, the whole aspect is good for the country, not just for Jonesville. We’re very proud to fly the flag on this day.”
As the first year of the event, there is a lot of eagerness to expand the event in the future and help it grow.
“First year at it,” said Shane Burcham, administrator of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, and Billy Dudley of the Gideons. “It’s been a little slow, but I think this is a learning year. You learn what to do and what not to do, but overall people have had a good time. I’d say we’ve had about 100 people in and out throughout the day. They come from every direction. I think we could have this again next year and it’ll just get bigger and bigger.”
“This entire afternoon has been out of the goodness of the church,” said Wolfe. “We say thank you to your fellowship and to your membership for allowing us to be here.”
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