With plenty of music, food, fun and games, the town of Winslow knows how to celebrate the 4th of July.
“It’s for the community, it’s for the kids, it’s for the veterans, it’s for America, it’s fun,” says celebration volunteer Gail Poulin.
The big perk of the annual Winslow Family Fourth of July Celebration? Free entertainment.
“Celebrating Independence Day is sort of fading throughout the area and let’s say a family wants to go to a fair or something and it costs ten dollars each to get in,” starts Kevin Douglass, celebration Chairman. “We don’t want that to happen here. We want this to be a legitimate community event where it’s anybody can come here, no matter what their pay scale is.”
Volunteers work year round to ensure this event gets bigger and better for the community – this year, they’ve attracted a big country act – John Michael Montgomery.
“We’re here for the country music today, we are country music fans,” says Billie-Jo, who is here with family members.
Volunteers say there’s something special about serving Winslow, especially when it’s tradition.
“It’s the thing to do in Winslow,” explains Sheila Gaulin, another volunteer. “I’ve been doing it 20 years, my kids grew up doing it.”
“It’s a blast. It’s all family in here,” adds Poulin.
“This is where we’re all together, besides your normal holidays.”
And the time shared with the community is what the celebration is all about.
“Just citizenship, we’re proud of where we live. Kids can see what it’s like to be a good citizen and hopefully will carry it on for years to come.”
John Michael Montgomery takes the stage tonight at 8 p.m. For more event details, check out the Celebration’s website.