Fourth of July festivities go on despite rain

Published 8:15 pm Saturday, July 4, 2015

By Derek ThompsonThe Selma Times-Journal

Despite bad weather Saturday evening, Selma and other towns across Dallas County attempted Fourth of July celebrations in some fashion.

Most of the live bands did not perform on Water Avenue as planned because of the inclement weather, but some musical artists stayed through the rain and performed in the bar area inside the St. James Hotel for a small group of people.

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The stage outside was partially taken down and the chairs sitting in front of the stage were empty at 7 p.m.

The Fourth of July Street Festival was supposed to be from 5-11 p.m and include various live bands, like headliner Big Ro.

“Still two or three groups are here, but they aren’t going to perform in a major form,” Selma Mayor George Evans said. “We are going to reschedule, but they said since they were here they may do a song or dance or something like that. We are just skipping through it temporarily tonight. “Hopefully, we will get some new dates later when we can really do it up right.”

Prior to Orrville’s Fourth of July celebration, the city’s Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin said Orville planned on shortening the scheduled program, and still have the city’s first ever fireworks show at the Orville Community Center at 8:30 p.m.

Valley Grande Mayor said Valley Grande’s Independence Day celebration at the city’s baseball fields and walking trail was still on with the fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. instead of 8:30 p.m., or whenever the stormy weather permits, Saturday night.