Canton July 4 festivities carry on

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Jul 08, 2013
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Young girls dance to shag music played by the DJ last Saturday during Canton's July 4 celebration.

Sorrells Street was filled with watermelons, music and booming fireworks Saturday evening when hundreds of Canton residents came out to the Fourth of July festivities that had been postponed due to rain.

For the first time in many years, attendants enjoyed dancing, games and free fireworks at Sorrells Park.

For longtime Haywood resident Vickie Mason, seeing Canton Fireworks was something new.

“I remember back in the ’90s they would have them out here, right after the parade,” Mason said. “I haven’t been at one out here. But it’s nice. I get to enjoy myself, hear the music playing, and I get to see people even though I don’t even know them.”

Mason, who grew up in Canton, said she was glad to see the fireworks celebration brought back.

“Plus it’s helping the town,” she added.

Joye Haynes-Ganger of Hendersonville came to the Sorrells park celebration with her dog to visit friends.

“We heard it was going on so we thought we would check it out,” she said. “I love the small town atmosphere. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s something free, and it’s hard to make it these days so it’s nice they’re doing it.”

Robert Carter, who currently resides in Georgia, said the July 4 celebration reminded him of home.

“It feels good being back in my hometown,” Carter said in reference to Canton. “These kind of events enhances the sense of community.”

Event activities will included a DJ, Green Valley Cloggers, J Creek Cloggers, a Watermelon roll contest, a Watermelon seed spitting contest, an inflatable for children,

free prizes and free watermelon.

Champion Credit Union sponsored the fireworks display, which began at dusk.