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San Jacinto County celebrates July 4

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Beating out the chance of rain, residents from San Jacinto County gathered outside of the Shepherd Community Center to celebrate Independence Day with funnel cakes, face painting, and plenty of family activities at the 2021 Shepherd Independence Day Celebration.

Photos by Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula

 

San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
Members of the San Jacinto County Democratic Party greet passing by residents with smiles, ready to speak with any and all county voters.
Members of the San Jacinto County Democratic Party greet passing by residents with smiles, ready to speak with any and all county voters.
Trophies for the Independence Day Cornhole Tournament wait to be claimed by several city-wide teams.
Trophies for the Independence Day Cornhole Tournament wait to be claimed by several city-wide teams.
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
San Jacinto County Independence Day celebration
The Impact Center arrived ready to serve hungry event-goers with snow cones and snacks for all taste buds.
The Impact Center arrived ready to serve hungry event-goers with snow cones and snacks for all taste buds.
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Residents and vendors remove their hats and gather in prayer as the event officially gets underway
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Lead by members of the American Legion, a patriotic flag ceremony opened the event, including a moment of silence, song, and a POW/MIA Empty Chair dedication. 
Councilwoman Yvonne Cones takes the microphone to thank the residents for coming out, despite the threat of rain. Cones, originally from the United Kingdom, joked that she got [to the United States] as soon as she could, and has enjoyed her time living in the states.

Councilwoman Yvonne Cones takes the microphone to thank the residents for coming out, despite the threat of rain. Cones, originally from the United Kingdom, joked that she got [to the United States]

After starting his short speech on a microphone more height-appropriate for Councilwoman Cones, Mayor Charles raised the microphone in a toast, highlighting his appreciation for the United States. “What a great country we live in, where we can come together and celebrate together”, asking his constituents to take a moment and focus on the sacrifices made to get this country to where it is today, leaving off by thanking everyone for coming out and making the event possible.

After starting his short speech on a microphone more height-appropriate for Councilwoman Cones, Mayor Charles raised the microphone in a toast, highlighting his appreciation for the United States.

Members of the San Jacinto County Democratic Party greet passing by residents with smiles, ready to speak with any and all county voters.
Members of the San Jacinto County Democratic Party greet passing by residents with smiles, ready to speak with any and all county voters.
Water Melon Slices!
Water Melon Slices!
Gotta have funnel cakes at a celebration,
Gotta have funnel cakes at a celebration,
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    Arlene · 1 years ago
    I missed this I didn't know there was a news paper for S.J county.  I've lived here for over 20 years.  Glad I found it.