In the Know with OCMS - June 28
In the Know with Osceola Chamber-Main Street
With Fourth of July plans finalized, OCMS and all the volunteers involved hope this is the special ‘Hometown’ celebration everyone missed last year. Organizers diligently worked to schedule something for everyone throughout the celebration.
*Please note the following event additions and change of venue scheduled after the Advertiser Publication:
Fireworks by J&M Displays will originate at Q-Pond beginning @ 10PM, July 3rd.
Revelton Distilling Company will host a fireworks watch party on their grounds.
Boy Scout Troup 104 hosts the Pancake Breakfast, July 3 from 7-10AM and Cornhole Tournament at noon, July 4th on the courtyard.
The “Parade of Stars” will be led by Co-Grand Marshals and Community Service Award winners, Helen Kimes and Marie White. The Fourth of July Committee determined that because the whole community has the opportunity to nominate people for the Community Service Award each year, the winner(s) should receive more community exposure.
As the 2019 winner, Helen would have led the traditional parade cancelled last summer, and Marie was the 2020 winner announced during the virtual Annual Dinner. The ladies graciously accepted the titles of Co-Grand Marshals.
Parade Line-up Changes (note map on the OCMS official FB Fourth of July page)
As always, registration is not required for parade entries, however; the lineup spots have changed because Fareway is open for business July 3 and will have limited space.
Parade leaders: The legion, Grand Marshall, Mayor, Supervisors, etc. gather in Kale’s parking lot.
Children on foot or bicycles will meet on the south side of the Fareway parking lot, all other floats will line up on Cass going east from Kale’s- first come first in-line.
Pickups with softball/baseball teams, etc. gather on the north side of the elementary; horse/mule entries in the south parking lot.
Tractors, commercial equipment, will line up on South Park, north from Cass.
Spotlight-Worthy Organizations and Teams
Although OCMS will publish a complete list of sponsors, volunteers and groups involved with the celebration, the staff, board, and teams give an early thank you to everyone who is doing his/her part to make this ‘comeback’ celebration special. With all the volunteers required, OCMS values each person’s time and tries to spread out the requests for help with the celebration- these organizations are going above and beyond.
Boy Scout Troup 104, their leaders and parents will host the pancake breakfast (7-10AM firehouse), organize the Cornhole Tournament (Noon, July 4th) and man the trash pickup throughout the four days of festivities. They answered the call and will put some money in the bank for their efforts!
When OCMS staff contacted Clarke County Hospital’s Communication and Foundation Manager, Tom Bahls, to explain the need for a sponsor and volunteers for the Firecracker 5K Fun run, Tom agreed to take the idea to management. Tom and his team took over the event from planning the route to ordering t-shirts and everything between.
The Volunteer Fire Department will be running in several directions Saturday July 3, preparing the station for the pancake breakfast; watching the route for the Firecracker Fun Run; directing parade entrants and participating in the parade.
Osceola Police are also helping with the Firecracker Fun Run; will keep the parade running smoothly and provide a strong presence during the events.
In addition to all their other duties, the Osceola City crew will have the flags hanging and help block streets for the parade.
The OCMS Design Team, led by Paula McClaflin, coordinated watering and weeding in the landscape beds on the courtyard, assisted by County personnel George Norris and Russ Johnson who have made the rest of the courtyard shine.
Congratulations to OCMS business partner Revelton Distilling Company. After less than one year in the business, and in National Competition, Revelton Spirits earned Triple Gold awards for their Whiskey and Cream Liqueur and Honey Whiskey, and Gold Awards for Package Design, American Gin, and Mulberry Gin. Rob and Christie Taylor and the whole team strive to roll out the red carpet for all their visitors, and they have quickly established a popular tourism spot in Osceola.
The Osceola Municipal Golf Club is hosting the Independence Open- individual stroke play, July 4th. Registration open until July 2nd. Only 10 rental carts available.
Stay In the Know with the Monday Morning Update; follow OCMS @ www.facebook.com/OCMS06; or check events at www.osceolachamber.com.