, 2014

Newsome is the grand marshal
for Reedville events

by Renss Greene

As the nation prepares for the Fourth of July, Reedville is planning its Independence Day weekend celebrations on Saturday, July 6. Festivities will include a 5K race, music, a craft fair, a boat display, a parade presided over by grand marshal Debbie Newsome, and, of course, fireworks.

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Debbie Newsome

Newsome is a Realtor and deeply involved local citizen, according to event coordinator Danny Haynie. She and her husband, John, own Callao Car Center. Newsome also is owner of Newsome Appraisal Service.

She is co-chair of the Northumberland County special education advisory committee, a member of the Northumberland Middle School improvement committee, a representative on the community board of the Bank of Lancaster and a Sunday school teacher.

Newsome says she entered public life in 1985 when she won a local pageant and became Miss Callao Volunteer Fire Department. She later served in the Callao Volunteer Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary and from 1986 to 2003 served on the Callao firemen’s parade committee.

In those 17 years, she never actually saw the parade, instead always working inside the Callao firehouse, said Newsome. Although she is retired from the parade committee, she stays involved with the fire department’s fundraisers.

As grand marshal, she will have a great view of the Reedville parade: she’ll be sitting right in the middle of it.

The “Good Old-Fashioned Fourth” celebration is sponsored by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Bethany United Methodist Church, Fairfields Volunteer Fire Departmment and the Greater Reedville Association,

Activities begin at 6:45 a.m. Saturday with the Firecracker 5K registration. For online registration, see reedvillerun.org. The race will start at 8 a.m.

Children’s events start at 10 a.m. The kid-friendly fun includes old-fashioned games, a build-a-boat activity, pie-eating contest, and a homemade ice-cream demo. Tattoos, face painting and a fire-truck hose-down add to the excitement.

The Artist’s Arena Craft Fair features vendors, a bake sale and good eats. Music by Russ can be heard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual parade down Main Street will commence at 3 p.m. To enter the parade, call Haynie at 453-3127 or 580-0831.

Capping off the day is the magical fireworks display over Cockrell’s Creek at 9 p.m.

The celebration continues at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, with a patriotic music performance by the Festival Chorale at Festival Halle.

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