Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 27, 2014

4th of July All-American Celebration kicks off today in Chicory Square

BLUEFIELD — A Fourth of July celebration featuring music, flags, free hot dogs and other things American is scheduled to start at noon today in downtown Bluefield.

The celebration in Chicory Square is being sponsored by Cole Chevrolet. Festivities include free hot dogs provided by Cole Chevrolet and prepared by the Internet Cafe. Free popcorn also will be served, and members of the Bluefield Blue Jays will be on hand to sign autographs. Bluefield Daily Telegraph Senior Editor Bill Archer will once again perform at this year’s All-American Celebration with singing partner Karl Miller. A variety of patriotic music is on the program.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the free show.

“We hope a good crowd comes out to the show,” said Daily Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry. “Bill and Karl always put on an awesome show, plus there will be free hot dogs, free popcorn, and free American flags. It’s just a very patriotic, fun day that will be a great way to kick off the weekend.”

Today’s All-American Celebration is a part of the Daily Telegraph’s weekly downtown Chicory Square Concert Series. Perry said the celebration is made possible by the support of Cole Chevrolet, the Internet Cafe, Art Riley of the Bluefield Downtown Merchants Association, the Bluefield Blue Jays, Lynn and Carl Burnette, and others.

The activities get underway at 11:30 a.m. today with the arrival of the Bluefield Blue Jays at Chicory Square to sign autographs. Perry said the free hot dogs and popcorn would be available at that time so that everyone can get their food before the show begins. Archer and Miller will begin performing at noon.

“I think it’s great for the downtown because it gives people an opportunity to come downtown and see good entertainment, have food, and demonstrate what we have in the downtown area for shoppers,” Riley said. “It is something the merchants and the Telegraph can do to show them we appreciate them shopping in Bluefield and being in Bluefield.”

Tom Cole of Cole Chevrolet said the dealership is community-minded and tries to help local events.

“I think it’s especially nice when it’s an event that celebrates our freedom and celebrates the people who make it possible,” he said.

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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