Gilkey celebrates the fourth
Gilley's annual July 4th celebration was held at the Gilkey Community Center and Ruritan Clubhouse Friday evening.
Community members celebrated Independence Day with food, a car show, bingo and games. There was something for people of all ages because the event also included ice cream, Hawaiian ice, face painting and a cake walk.
"The best part is everybody getting together here and having fun," Kay Deyton, member of the Gilkey Community Center, said while she gave away cakes during the cake walk. "It's good fellowship."
The bingo games were a big hit in the middle of the day as community members piled in to soak up the air conditioning, try to win a prize and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers.
"I like meeting the people. We serve thousands each year," Rachel Burnette, Ruritan member and head of the kitchen, said. "We do it every year because people ask us to. It's something for the community."
Burnette said the annual event is a tradition and the Ruritan Club has been putting it together for over 20 years.
Gail Parton said the tradition is important to the community and she comes every year. She said she is also very proud of the Gilkey Community School group that works to make sure the old school building is a place Gilkey citizens can be proud of.
"There's something for everybody and it's (the event) a tradition for this community," Parton said. "It's a good way to celebrate the fourth and I'm very proud of how hard the people here work."
The event ended with a fireworks show.
"Our fireworks are the best," Burnette said.