By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Hot dogs, apple pies, baseball, flags and patriotic music will come together Friday for the All-American Celebration at Chicory Square in Bluefield.
The Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, so the patriotic celebration will be on July 5. This year’s event will again feature free hot dogs provided by Cole Chevrolet and prepared by the Internet Cafe.
Free apple pies provided by Hardee’s on Bluefield Avenue are on the menu, too, along with free popcorn. Free face painting by Brandi Huffman and Emilee Huffman of BEfaced will be available starting at 11:30 a.m.
The Bluefield Blue Jays and their mascot Baby Jay are scheduled to attend this year. The Blue Jays will be at Chicory Square at 11:30 a.m. to sign autographs. Hot dogs and apple pies will be available at that time along with free American flags.
Helping sponsor this year’s celebration is one way to give back to the community, said Tom Cole of Cole Chevrolet.
“We look for opportunities to get involved with things that are good for the community, and certainly with things that celebrate our independence and our veterans. The people who helped preserve that independence for us are always near and dear to our hearts,” Cole said.
Starting at noon, Senior Editor Bill Archer of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph will perform at this year’s All-American celebration with fellow musician Karl Miller. They plan to present a variety of patriotic music.
“Independence Day means something special to Karl and I both,” Archer said. “We spent some time in the studio earlier this week working up a special musical tribute for this show. This has been our 26th year working together. We started back in the spring of 1988 and continue to enjoy each other’s fellowship, and we certainly enjoy entertaining the audiences in the two Virginias.”
Editor Samantha Perry of the Daily Telegraph thanked Cole Chevrolet, the Internet Cafe, Art Riley of the Bluefield Downtown Merchants Association, Hardee’s of Bluefield Avenue, the Blue Jays, Lynn and Carl Burnette, and BEfaced for their sponsorship and assistance at this year’s celebration.
“Cole Chevrolet has generously agreed to sponsor the concert on July 5 by helping us to offer free hot dogs, free American flags and many other things. We hope everyone will come out,” Perry said. “This is a good opportunity for former residents who are visiting the area this Fourth of July to visit with their friends and enjoy the festivities.”