92nd Rockvale 4th of July Was Huge Success!

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Isla (left) plays ski ball and sister Lydia looks on. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(Standing L-R) Lynn and Jennifer Windrow; (seated) Hudson Schmitz, Denniese and Mike Liles. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(L-R) Ann, Rodger, David, and Tabitha Walls. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(L-R) Beth and Denise Carlton, and Piete Ferguson. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Brayden Moates enjoys the dunking machine. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(L-R) Denise Carlton and Piete Ferguson. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Griffin Story knows what he wants. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(L-R) Jessica and Shane Read, with children Jane and Samuel. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Julie O'Donnell and Friends provided flag waving music. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Kelle Bradshaw PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Lenny Farmer PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(L-R) Liz Freeman, Jane Dixon, Carol Rimmer, Victoria and David Dixon, and Dakota Rimmer. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Linda O'Dell PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Ron Fischer PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(L-R) Merz Hatfield and Briley Spencer PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Monica Laidig PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Morgan lines-up another winning throw. PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Olivia Steagall PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
State Representative Tim Rudd PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
Laura O'Brien PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON
(L-R) County Commissioner Paul Johnson and Deputy Mayor Steve Sandlin [PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON)
(Left) County Commissioner Pettus Read [PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON)
(L-R) Steve Sandlin, Bill Ketron and Paul Johns [PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON)
Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron [PHOTO BY FRANK CAPERTON)

(ROCKVALE) Some things age well with time. Checkers, family games like a three-legged race, food and fireworks have been a part of the Fourth of July celebrations in Rockvale for ninety-three years. That was the agenda for the Rockvale 4th of July Picnic.

This small historic community settled by early settlers following the Revolutionary War, is situated in the western part of Rutherford County. The old school grounds are where they gather to celebrate Independence Day every year, for over 80 plus years. It is a grand tradition, a neighborhood party of sorts, one with a lot of practice. Whether you come to help put things on or walk around, everyone enjoys seeing those they have missed throughout the year and "visit", as it called. There is also food of course, games and music.

Rockvale's fourth of July Picnic is attended by people from all over the county, some coming back to visit, some come and see what it is all about, and some are new to the area.

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The picnic is as unique as Rockvale. The first school at this location was built in 1910 under the state's effort to consolidate community schools for a more centralized education program.

The first year, it went to 11th grade and the next year 12th. The wooden school was torn down, and in 1927 a brick school was built in its place. The picnic began that year and the maple trees were planted to shade future events at the school. That picnic started with a horse race and an effort to raise money to support the community and school.

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If you missed the 92nd celebration, don't let that happen again. This family event was sponsored by the Rockvale Ruritan Club at the Rockvale Community Center and Park (9972 Rockvale Road) and offered great memories, friendships and fun for everyone who attended.

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