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Obion County will be rockin’ this weekend

Obion County will be rockin’ this weekend

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 8:01 pm
By: By Kevin Bowden

Obion County will be rockin’ this weekend | Kevin Bowden, Just A Thought

What a weekend this is shaping up to be in Obion County.
Union City High School’s War Memorial Stadium will be rockin’ Saturday with the 12th Annual Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope and there’s going to be a transcontinental celebration on the south end of Lakeview Drive late Saturday afternoon.
Let’s start with the Hometown Walk of Hope.
Organizers have once again put together an action-packed eight-hour celebration designed to raise money and awareness about the dreaded ‘C’ word — cancer.
The Walk of Hope is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies. There will be races, a cornhole tournament, tug-of-war, talent shows, a womanless beauty revue and a luminary ceremony.
If you’ve never been, I strongly encourage you to stop by. It’s really amazing what has been done with the simple concept of a walk-a-thon. Despite the devastating impact of this dreadful disease, the Walk of Hope is a celebration of life.
The event is both emotional and entertaining.
I’d like to see a show of hands from those of you have been affected by cancer. A friend, a relative. We’ve all be touched by it.
Myself, I’ve lost my dad and grandfather to cancer.
Before he died, grandad got to participate in the survivors lap…twice.
There are 28 teams participating in this year’s event. They will set up encampments around the football field complete with barbecue grills, coolers and colorful lawn chairs. There is a genuine sense of family that exists during the walk-a-thon and by midnight organizers hope their calculators will be filled with numbers.
You see, ALL the money raised through the Hometown Walk of Hope stays in Obion County. All of it. Every penny.
Check it out. It’s really quite amazing.
Alright, now let’s move on to the Queen’s 60th Jubilee on Saturday.
Last fall I celebrated Guy Fawkes Day at Eddie and Juni Fickle’s house in Samburg and this weekend I’ll be returning to the Fickles’ home to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
It was 60 years ago this year that Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II after her father, King George VI, died. The first child of the Duke and Duchess of York ascended to the throne during the presidence of Harry S Truman and she has ruled the monarchy through 11 other presidents.
Much has changed since she ascended to the throne 60 years ago. Gas was about 20 cents a gallon. A new car cost less than $2,000 and a pound of hamburger cost about 53 cents. Rocky Marciano was the world heavyweight boxing champion, MAD magazine debuted and the first Holiday Inn opened in Tennessee.
Fast forward to 2012, and I can’t even tell you who the world heavyweight boxing champion is, I can’t remember the last time I stayed at a Holiday Inn or read a MAD magazine and don’t get me started about the cost of gas or groceries.
One thing that hasn’t changed though is how we Brits still love our queen.
As for me, I’ll be enjoying a nice hot cup of tea and scones Saturday afternoon. Rule, Brittania!
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 6.1.12

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