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Provided by Bailey County Senior Citizens Center

                As we approach the celebration of our 2021 Fourth of July, we ask that you stop and take a moment to think about our independence and what actually occurred on July 4, 1776. Think about a group of men who were successful lawyers, ministers, plantation owners and a sprinkling of artisans. They signed their names to one of the most revolutionary documents of modern times in which they pledged to each other “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” in the cause of American independence and the seemingly quixotic ideal that “all men are created equal.”

                We also ask that you stop and think about all that is happening in our nation today. This great American heritage is often threatened by our indifference. And unless we cherish this legacy and use it more wisely, it can all be lost to future generations. Embracing this celebration and its true meaning is more important today than ever before.

                At our Bailey County Senior Center, we are working to make this Fourth of July one of the best ever.

                We will kick off this year’s event with a street dance beginning at 7 p.m. on Main Street in front of our center. Bring your chairs and sit back and enjoy the entertainment. The entire block will be closed off. There is no charge for the dance. Face painting will be available for the kids.

                We invite everyone to stop by our center on July 3. Our decorating committee has the building bursting with red, white, and blue. We are hoping to see all of you!

                The center is always a great place to watch the parade and after the parade you can take part in our 17th Annual BBQ Brisket Meal. This is held annually as a fundraiser to keep our center operating. We will be serving BBQ brisket, baked beans, potato salad, cornbread and fruit cobbler. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 for people 9 years and older and $6 for persons 8 years and younger. Come and enjoy this meal in our air-conditioned building!

                In addition to the meal, the entertainment will be by the Muleshoe Pickers. They will be entertaining the crowd with patriotic songs, country and western and gospel music. This band is one of the best. Come and enjoy them as you dine.

                Four Craftsman items will be raffled off this year. That means you have four chances to win! Items include two Craftsman lawn mowers, a Craftsman edger, and a Craftsman cultivator. Tickets are now being sold by our board members and they will also be available at Friday’s event. The raffle drawing will be held after the brisket meal. You do not have to be present to win.

                We will also be conducting a live auction of home baked pies, cakes, and goodies. All will be prepared by our own Senior members. If you have company coming on the 4th – just come and bid on our great desserts instead of having to bake your own.

                We would like to thank those individuals and local businesses who have financially contributed to this fundraiser even before the event. A big thank you to Caprock Dairies (David and Michael Lawrence) for funding all of the brisket for this year’s meal. Another big thank you goes out to Cliff Black for providing all of the potatoes. Trey Thompson from Farm Bureau gave us a generous donation for the upcoming event. A big thank you, too, to Nick Bamert who has given generously every Fourth of July to help our Senior Center continue. And we would be remiss if we didn’t say “Thanks” to our own senior citizens who contribute monies where needed for various projects.

                We hope you will choose to spend some of your Fourth of July celebration with us. We can promise you great food, great entertainment, lots of fun, and maybe even a winning ticket.

                See you there!

Carolyn Johnson

Bailey County Senior Center

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