Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 3, 2013

Patriotism to be on display in Chicory Square

BLUEFIELD — Patriotism will be on display Friday at Chicory Square with an All-American Celebration featuring free hot dogs, free apple pies, baseball, flags and patriotic music.

This week's downtown Chicory Square Concert Series is being sponsored by Cole Chevrolet. It will include free hot dogs provided by Cole Chevrolet and prepared by the Internet Cafe and free apple pies provided by Hardee's on Bluefield Avenue. Free popcorn also will be served, and there will be free face painting for children provided by Brandi Huffman and Emilee Huffman of BEfaced. Daily Telegraph Senior Editor Bill Archer will perform at this year's All-American Celebration with singing partner Karl Miller. They plan to present a variety of patriotic music.

“We try to support the events in the area that are positive, and especially anything surrounding veterans, our independence and our freedom,” Bluefield Mayor-Elect Tom Cole, of Cole Chevrolet, said.

“We hope everyone will come out Friday,” Daily Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry said. “This is a great opportunity for fun and fellowship for current residents and former residents. Seeing all of these people gathered downtown with American flags waving, and Bill and Karl performing, is reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell scene.”

Perry said the All-American Celebration is made possible by the support of Cole Chevrolet, the Internet Cafe, Art Riley of the Bluefield Downtown Merchants Association, Hardee's of Bluefield Avenue, the Bluefield Blue Jays, Lynn and Carl Burnette, BEfaced and others.

The activities get underway at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the arrival of the Bluefield Blue Jays and their mascot Baby Jay at Chicory Square to sign autographs. The free hot dogs, apple pies and popcorn will be available at that time along with free American flags.

Archer and Miller will begin their musical performances at noon.

The weekly concert series is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph. In the event of inclement weather, changes regarding the concert will be announced on the Daily Telegraph's website,, and the newspaper's Facebook page,

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