Greencastle-Antrim to celebrate Fourth

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Children posed for the annual July 4th children’s photograph in 2011. The 2012 Greencastle-Antrim July 4th celebration is set for Wednesday, July 4, at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center beginning at 11 a.m. There are many opportunities for everyone to enjoy the day, including: listening to patriotic music while sitting under the shade of the walnut grove, honoring of all veterans, food sold by Shady Grove Cub Pack 95 and rides on Thomas the Tank Engine.

The 11th annual “Greencastle-Antrim July 4th Celebration” will be held Wednesday, July 4 at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center in the pavilion and walnut grove areas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At 11 a.m., the invocation will be given, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of The National Anthem.  A flag-folding ceremony, conducted by members of Cub Scout Pack 95, will be part of the opening ceremonies.  All veterans and their families will be recognized.

Shelby Golden as Dolly Harris, Greencastle’s and Franklin County’s Civil War heroine, will be present to share Dolly’s story and to collect donations toward construction of a life-size bronze statue in Dolly’s honor.   Frances “Dolly” Harris was the only Franklin County woman buried with full military honors upon her death because of her Civil War heroism.

About 11:15 a.m., children from 3 to 12 will gather in the all purpose building just east of the pavilion for about 30 to 45 minutes to make a craft. At noon, Russ Clever, as “grand marshal,” will lead the ninth annual Children’s Parade. The children will parade to patriotic marches in front of the staging area.  All children are invited to participate by wearing their July 4th colors or “costumes.”  

After the Children’s Parade, the Most Patriotic Family contest will be held. Families are invited to get into the July 4th spirit, use their imaginations, and be as creative as possible in order to win. Cash awards will be presented to the winning families.  Registration for the Most Patriotic Family contest will be located at the pavilion. No pre-registration is required for the children’s parade.  

Immediately following the Most Patriotic Family contest, the annual July 4th children's photograph will be taken in front of the bank-side barn doors.  A high-resolution copy of the photograph will be available to download by parents upon entering the G-A July 4th Celebration webpage which can be accessed at  Each child will receive a bottle of bubble soap and several July 4th mementos will be given away. After that, the peanut and candy scramble will take place for the children.

The Greencastle-Antrim Alumni Band will offer patriotic music.

The group “Wing and a Prayer” returns to present live vocal and band music. Many of the performers from the past 10 years will be returning for this year’s event including Barry, Mandy and Diana Stottlemyer and Dave Reeder. The day’s events will conclude with the finale “God Bless the USA” led by Reeder and Barry Stottlemyer.

Beginning about 12:30, Thomas the Engine will be on the pavilion-area grounds to give rides to the young and young-at-heart. Thomas the Engine is owned by the Greencastle Area Organized Youth Foundation (GAOYF), which owns the Jefferson Street train station. A donation box will be provided on the train. All donations support the GAOYF.

All community members are invited to join the festivities by bringing lawn chairs or a blanket and having a picnic lunch that they’ve prepared. On a first-come-first-served basis, picnic tables will be available.  For those who do not wish to prepare lunch ahead of time, Shady Grove Cub Scout Pack 95 will have hamburgers, hot dogs, water and soft drinks for sale.

The organizing committee encourages the residents, merchants and businesses in the Greencastle-Antrim area to decorate their homes and places of business in red, white, and blue and to fly the flag, as our nation celebrates its 236th anniversary of Independence Day. There are no fireworks in Greencastle associated with July 4th.

The event will be held rain or shine. School district property is a non-alcoholic facility. Donations will be accepted to cover overhead expenses of the G-A July 4th Celebration.

For more information, call 597-9325 or visit the “Greencastle-Antrim July 4th Celebration” Web page at