Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

June 29, 2012

Patriotic celebration — Food, fun and music in Bluefield

Looking for a good way to help kick off the countdown to the Fourth of July? Join us today at Chicory Square for an All-American Celebration featuring free food, free gifts and great music.

Today’s special edition of the Daily Telegraph’s weekly Chicory Square Concert Series is being sponsored by Cole Chevrolet. Free hot dogs provided by Cole Chevrolet and served up by the Internet Cafe will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. to the first 300 people at the square.

Free popcorn, and free American flags, will also be provided this afternoon to those who attend the concert. The Daily Telegraph’s Tom Bone will also be providing free caricatures during the concert, and Kayla Myers of the Daily Telegraph and Tammie Toler of the Princeton Times will be doing free face painting for children.

The concert, featuring local musicians Bill Archer and Karl Miller, begins at noon. The free food will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. so that those who attend the celebration can get their lunch and take a seat in time for the concert.

Archer and Miller, a popular singing duo in the region since 1988, are planning a number of patriotic tunes to help salute American freedom.

Today’s special All-American Celebration at Chicory Square wouldn’t be possible without the help of Cole Chevrolet, which is providing the free hot dogs and American flags. Door prizes to be awarded at today’s concert will also include gasoline certificates and certificates for oil changes, according to Kevin Leedy, marketing director for Cole Chevrolet.

We appreciate the support of Cole Chevrolet in this patriotic, community event.

We also thank the Internet Cafe, which will be cooking, serving and distributing the free hot dogs, and the Bluefield Fire Department, which will once again bring a fire engine to the concert that will be used to hoist a large American flag over Chicory Square.

 We also applaud Art Riley, and all of the downtown merchants, along with Lynn and Carl Burnette, for helping to make today’s celebration a reality.

We encourage everyone to join in today’s All-American Celebration. What better way to kick off the Fourth of July, and a weekend of great fun in the two Bluefields, than at Chicory Square.

And keep in mind that today’s fun doesn’t end at Chicory Square. At 4 p.m. this evening, the gates to Mitchell Stadium open for the long-awaited Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert featuring country music superstars Eric Church, Jake Owen and Lee Brice.

A record-setting crowd of 18,000 fans jammed Mitchell Stadium for the inaugural Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert in 2010, and thousands are expected once again today.

It’s shaping up to be a tremendous day — and weekend — for the two Bluefields.

 What a great way to kick off the countdown to the Fourth of July.

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