By Tony Farkas
SHEPHERD — The nation’s independence will be observed in style at the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Explosion.
The festivities start at 11 a.m. Saturday with the American Legion flag ceremony, followed by welcoming remarks from Shepherd Mayor Charles Minton.
The Community Center will be open at 9 a.m. for vendor setup.
DJ and MC Joe Leblanc will be playing throughout the day, but live entertainment courtesy of T&S Management, Marketing and Promotions will be offered as well by Jinda Harris, Allyson Moses and The Do Yo Thang Band.
Author Tamisha Crowley will be there with her latest offering.
There will be cornhole and volleyball tournaments and vendors both inside and outside at the Community Center. There will be a patriotic costume contest for adults, young people and pets. Fireworks will be at 9 p.m. courtesy of Shepherd City. Vendors may call the Chamber if they wish to be part of this event, as places are filling fast.
The Shepherd Library will be selling buttons using a new button maker. You may bring a copy of a photo of, pet, child, loved one, etc., to have a personal button made in front of you or choose one of the many fun buttons on sale for $2 each.
There are many bake sales with a variety of delicious items to choose from. Earl Brown, previous mayor of Shepherd, will talk to hopeful recruits for correctional officer jobs and a financial advisor will also be there. Other items include crafts, items, toys, gadgets and more.
For information, contact the chamber at (936) 628-3890.