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Greencastle-Antrim Fourth of July Celebration canceled

June 22, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Greencastle-Antrim’s annual Fourth of July celebration won’t be held this year, according to event organizers.

For the past 11 years, the celebration has been known for its focus on hometown values and patriotism.

Citing “extenuating circumstances,” Bonnie Shockey, the woman who spearheaded the event in 2002 in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks said the decision to cancel was “very difficult.”

Shockey and co-chairwoman Mandy Stottlemyer announced they wouldn’t be able to pull together the three-hour annual event that has drawn crowds to Tayamentasachta Environmental Center.

“It was one of my goals to get the small children hooked on July 4th and the reason that we celebrate that day,” Shockey said.

Every year, hundreds of individuals and families would set up lawn chairs and toss blankets under the walnut trees to listen to the patriotic music, watch the children’s parade, cheer for children during the peanut scramble or listen to patriotic speeches.

Shockey is hoping that someone continues a Fourth of July celebration for the community.

It doesn’t have to be exactly the same, she said.

“Everyone has a different idea. Whatever it might be in the future, it’s going to be a July 4th celebration and the community will support it,” Shockey said.

Greencastle-Antrim Alumni Band and Friends will play patriotic music, hymns and marches on Thursday, July 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center.

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