It appears there will not be a Jamestown 4th of July Celebration this year.
According to officials, the celebration is being cancelled primarily due to all the changes associated with the preparation around the city for the construction of the new judicial center.
It was pointed out the focal point of the celebration previously was served by the city hall which has now been moved, plus the street behind City Hall is now closed which at previous celebrations served as a major traffic route.
We assume the event was also an expense for the city even though many contributions and sponsors were obtained.
The event has been a tradition in Russell County for at least fourty years as it originated at the hands of Welby and Mae Hoover and radio stations WJRS/WJKY.
We feel certain it was a difficult call for officials to call-off this year’s celebration.
It would have been difficult for us to make the decision as we know how many enjoy the event. How many come to eat, ride the rides, compete in the contests, car shows, enjoy the concert and the fireworks.
We are also aware there have always been some dissatisfaction of others as some businesses were altered due to the event.
In any event it appears there will not be a celebration this year and the future of the event also appears to be in question.
We believe that some form of a 4th of July celebration should be held, if nothing more than a hot dog and some fireworks.
So many of our traditions are slowly passing us by. The future will likely hold so many young people without knowing the true meaning of Christmas, the real meaning of Memorial Day and the 4th of July will be just another day on the calendar.
What are your thoughts, should we continue with the 4th of July Celebration in Russell County, or should we just let those that want to celebrate, do so on their own.
Write us a letter and express your opinion. Is the 4th of July Celebration one that city and/or county officials should plan and present? Or is this something that free enterprise should address ?
Is it a community event you would look forward to attending?
Or, do you think such celebrations are not the responsibility of the city and county. Or, maybe you think it is time to stop such community events.
Write us a letter to P. O. Box 190 Russell Springs, or send to firstname.lastname@example.org.