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Are you ready for some summer?
Like most folks, my bet is you’re already pondering just exactly how hot it’s going to get in August.
That’s because we’ve had an extremely warm May and June — and July’s just around the corner.
My guess is the days and weeks to come won’t exactly be lazy. Especially this weekend, because Independence Day is here.
I always enjoy the holiday … especially when it coincides with a long weekend.
There really is nothing like strolling along Kingston’s waterfront doing some serious people watching during the annual Smokin’ the Water celebration.
Like last year, we actually will get two days of holiday revelry.
First is the annual parade, which is scheduled for Sunday at 8 p.m. There’s also a watermelon cutting at Fort Southwest Point at 9.
Things really heat up Monday morning with the wakeboarding competition and expo at Hwy. 58 Landing, the Gravel Pit and City Park.
Vendors will line the waterfront showing off all sorts of fare and ware. There will be a car show at Roane County High, a 21-gun salute at noon, a home-run derby and Hula Hoop contest respectively at Byrd Field and the Gravel Pit stage.
Live music will follow through the afternoon.
The annual Homemade Raft Race will highlight mid-afternoon starting at 3. Then comes the watermelon-eating contest — always a fun event — at 4:30.
Kingston won’t be the only place buzzing with folks over the weekend. Rockwood’s Cruise-In will be in full tilt on Saturday afternoon from 4-7.
Auto enthusiasts will have an opportunity to examine street rods and classic cars. There will be lots of discounts, door prizes and vendors.
Our friends with the South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their own car show Saturday as well.
All proceeds will be used to fund department efforts.
Later in the evening, you can join friends and neighbors at Roane State’s Tamke-Allan Observatory for a public stargaze beginning at 7 p.m.
Beyond the holiday, many of you may also be contemplating vacation season. If so, here’s a novel idea to consider this year.
Whether you are heading to the beach, the mountains, the lake, an amusement park or only your backyard, why not consider taking us along with you.
OK, OK, we are available on-line. That’s not where I’m going. Instead, I’m suggesting you carry along your copy of the Roane County News. Further, I’m suggesting you find a neat spot illustrating your destination and then snap a photo of you and your newspaper.
Then, all you need to do is submit the photo and a brief description of where your “News” is (along with your name and city), and we’ll find a place in the paper and on our website to publish it.
We think this will be fun. We also believe all of our readers will be interested in where your copy of the newspaper ends up.
Send your submissions to me at email@example.com. I’ll get them in the editor’s hands.
PARTING SHOT: I’m really looking forward to the Homemade Raft Race Monday afternoon.
Last year, good buddy and good sport Jim Pinkerton captained the city of Kingston’s entry.
Let’s just say he made a splash.
Last year Jim ended up in the drink half way through the course when his barrel slipped loose from the rest of his crew. He seemed to enjoy the unexpected but cool bath he took on that sweltering afternoon.