September 1, 2013

Murray celebrates Independence Day and Labor Day together

Charles Oliver

— CHATSWORTH — It may have been the final day of August everywhere else. But it was July 4 in Murray County Saturday.

The fireworks display and other festivities that were rained out in July were moved to Saturday and residents couldn’t have been more pleased.

“I’m glad they rescheduled it. I know a lot of other places just canceled their July 4 entirely because of the rain. But this is going to be nice,” said county resident Trisha Colwell.

With inflatables, including a 30-foot water slide, for the children and food, drink and live music, the event brought out people of all ages to the old Recreation Complex on Chestnut Street.

Amanda Jones has been selling frozen soft drinks at the event for six years.

“We always have a good time, and there’s always a lot of people. We couldn’t do it on the Fourth this year because of all the rain,” she said. “But this was a good day to move it to. It’s the Labor Day weekend, so people are looking for something to do, especially with their families. And it gives the kids one last thing to do before they go back to school.”

Murray County resident Jaime Claxton brought her daughter to see the fireworks.

“We’ve been coming to this for years. She really enjoys it,” she said. “We got here early to get a good place to sit.”

Dalton resident Scott Beavers has been selling funnel cakes for some 20 years.

“This is usually a big event. We’ll have them lined up forever just to buy funnel cakes. I expect it will be big this year. It’s a pretty day, and there’s not a whole lot else going on,” Beavers said.

Murray County Lisa Parker said she and her family and friends come to the event every year.

“The kids really like to watch the fireworks,” she said.

But while children waited for the fireworks to begin, there was plenty else to keep them busy.

Ruby Bagne watched as her son Jay played on a set of inflatables set up for youngsters.

“He really likes that water slide. It does look like fun,” she said. “I was afraid it was going to rain again today. But it turned out to be perfect weather for this.”