Rain puts damper on Obion’s Freedom Fest
Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 10:09 pm
Despite the best laid plans of mice and men and the Obion Industrial Board, Mother Nature played a trump card Saturday at the Obion Freedom Fest.
From out of nowhere, or so it seemed, came a couple of gully-washers.
A day-long slate of activities began at 9 a.m. with an antique tractor/engine show and continued with a pet show, beauty review, an Elvis impersonator and such. Of course, it being late June, temperatures were in the 90s and humidity was high as an elephant’s eye. Still, the crowd was what one official characterized as “pretty good.”
About 1 p.m., a little “rain shower” showed up.
Obion Mayor Tammy Foggy said it didn’t amount to much and after trying to scatter the crowd, it gave up and went somewhere else. But alas, the worst was yet to come.
“We got rained out,” she said. “The bottom fell out twice, at 6:30 and again at 7:30. Everybody tried to get under the pavilion. We didn’t get to have our cakewalk. The band got rained out, too. We’re talking about asking them to come back sometime in August as a make-up date.”
Ms. Foggy, who ascended to mayor June 7 upon the resignation of Wes Miller, said it just shows you can’t do anything about the weather.
The day-long festival, formerly called June Fest, was sponsored by the Obion Industrial Board. This year, the name was changed to Freedom Fest because of its proximity, time-wise, to the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
“All in all, everything considered, it was a good festival,” Ms. Foggy said. “You just do the best you can and try to deal with what comes along.”
A poignant moment came during the salute to veterans when former Obion mayor Patsy Barker addressed the crowd.
“God bless our military who are protecting our country and our freedoms,” she told them. “Thanks to them and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the Fourth of July. We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, for which we should be eternally grateful.
“I watched the flag pass by one day; it was fluttering in the breeze. A young Marine proudly saluted it, then stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform, so young and so tall and so proud. He would stand out in any crowd. I thought, ‘How many men like him have fallen through the years? How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears?’”
Kathy McDonald of Obion, served as treasurer and coordinator for the event. “The salute to veterans was great, the gospel singers were great,” she said. “People were coming and going all day. We had just started the evening activities when the two downpours came. I think we did pretty good in spite of the weather.”
Published in The Messenger 6.28.10