Crowds converge in Rutherfordton to celebrate freedom

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 06:31 AM

The rain stopped by 1:15 p.m. in Rutherfordton and a bright sun delivered heat for the folks gathered to celebrate July 4 on Main Street.

Dressed as Uncle Sam, Sam Metcalf led the walking parade, with his granddaughters, Mia Duncan, 2, and Megan Duncan, 5, alongside him.

Children and adults, attired in their 4th of July finest,  followed Metcalf down the street that opened the day's festivities. 

Rutherford County folks talked with vendors, bought snowballs, ice cream and barbecue  and watched the walking parade along with several folks from out of town. 

Donald and Carolyn Jenkins of Boiling Springs said they had been "browsing around" Ellenboro and Forest City and found their way to Rutherfordton to watch the sox box derby.

Carolyn Jenkins said she was enjoying the day.

 "Most of all I'm thankful we have freedom," she said.

From the City of Brotherly Love, Alan and Mary Causby were celebrating a much quieter July 4 than they would have in Philadelphia, Pa. 

"The town is so cute and you can actually see people. It's not so crowded," Mary Causby said. They were in town visiting a granddaughter's family.

Alana and Eva Beylotte of Charleston, S.C., were decked out in red, white and blue attire, visiting family, Gary and Brenda Sumner, for the holiday.

The highlight of the afternoon was the Second Annual Soap Box Derby as crowds gathered behind the bales of hay to watch the box cars race south through town. 

Rutherfordton's celebration was scheduled to end after a fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m.