Parade, picnic bring July 4 excitement to Powell

Sandra ClarkFeature, Powell

Powell’s Fourth of July Parade will step off from Powell Middle School at 11 a.m. this year – a change of time and starting point. The Powell Lions Club sponsors the annual parade. This year the Powell High School softball team – state champs – will lead the parade.

Powell Lions Club president Diane Wilkerson expects this parade to be the biggest one ever. She said marchers must register and should be at the middle school parking lot by 10:15 a.m.

The parade will march to Brickyard Road and terminate, as usual, in the parking lot of the high school.

Picnic in the Park

Powell Business & Professional Association will host a free picnic with activities for kids immediately following the parade at Powell Station Park (splash pad adjacent to Powell High School).

Expect watermelon, hot dogs, water and more. Knox TN Today will again have cookie decorating. Laura Bailey heads the PBPA committee which sponsors the free community picnic.

Powell Station Park contains about 12 acres, extending back to Beaver Creek. The land was cleared a few years ago and a disc golf course installed. It’s a pretty place for a picnic any time and open to the public during daylight hours.

Anvil shoot

Museum of Appalachia will celebrate the Fourth of July with an all-day anvil shoot event. The Museum uses gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air.

“When the gunpowder ignites and the anvil soars into the air, the earth will literally shake,” says Museum president Elaine Meyer. “Even though you know what is about to happen, you can’t help but be in awe of the staggering blast of the anvil.”

Anvil shoots are scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 3 p.m. on July 4. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for youth (ages 13-17); $6 for kids (ages 5-12) or $42 for families (two adults and children/youth).

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