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Clifton, Harrell a ‘sign’ of Fun

Clifton, Harrell a ‘sign’ of Fun

Green Bay Packers’ offensive lineman Chad Clifton and defensive lineman Justin Harrell — both Martin natives — are coming home for some “family fun.”
 Both members of the reigning Super Bowl champion Packers are set to headline Martin’s Tennessee Downtowns first “Family Fun Day” on May 7 at Festival Park.
 Clifton, a 1995 graduate of Westview and All-Pro tackle for the Packers, and also a member of the University of Tennessee’s national championship team three years later, is scheduled to sign autographs for fans from 3-4 p.m. on said date in what will be the kick-start for the seven-hour event.
 Harrell, who was on the Packers’ injured reserve list last season, will sign autographs at the same  time.
 Numerous other events are to coincide or follow Clifton’s appearance, which is part of the event that was put together by the Tennessee Downtown Steering Committee and event coordinator Lynn Harper, and Martin Mayor Randy Brundige.
 “With the acceptance of Martin to the Tennessee Downtowns program, new partnerships are being formed with businesses, organizations and citizens from all over the city that will strengthen and revitalize Martin’s downtown area,” said Martin Mayor Randy Brundige.
“The grant received from this program will allow the area to be enhanced and promoted, and help provide a better venue for events for the entire family year round. We have less empty buildings now and people are again seeing the value in locating in this historic area.
 “We appreciate Chad Clifton and Justin Herrell taking their time to come back to their hometown to visit with friends and neighbors. And we’re encouraging everyone to take part in this kick-off Family Fun event.”
From 2:30 in the afternoon until 7 in the evening on May 7, there will be inflatable play stations for the children in attendance as well face painting and fresh kettle korn from 3 Kids Kettle Korn.
Interested persons can karaoke with Keith Dunning from 3 until 6:45.
 Clowns Oogie and Oogles Piddleops will also be on hand and Christie’s Photography is set to offer free photo identification cards for the children at “Family Fun Day.”
 At 6:50, there will be a motorcade that includes the Rolling Thunder Tennessee Chapter VI, along with members of the city’s fire and police departments and other veterans of military conflict.
 The No. 6 chapter of Rolling Thunder is made up of veterans hailing from Martin, Dresden, Union City, McKenzie, Greenfield, Paris, Milan, Waverly, Humboldt and areas of Missouri.
The flag of the United States of America will be raised and local businesswoman Olivia Wilson will sing the national anthem at 6:45.
 The Storm — a local band that plays classic rock with a touch of blues — takes to the stage to perform at 7 p.m.
 The group is comprised of Mark Smith, C.D. James, Chuck Garrett and Tim Smith.
 For more information, contact Lynn Harper at 587-6661or Lynette Wagster at 431-8156.

wcp 4/28/11

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