Plans are shaping up quite nicely for the annual Independence Day Celebration in Hundred.
Since the actual holiday falls on a Wednesday, early on organizers decided to hold the celebration on the Saturday after the holiday, July 7. This allows Hundred natives now living out of the area the opportunity to come home for the annual event.
Activities will be kicked off by a parade beginning at 10 a.m. by Hundred High School and continuing through town to Cosgray Field-where the remainder of the events will take place.
At the town council meeting June 18 Councilman Charles Himelrick said, "Everybody I've talked to is going to have something in the parade." Anyone - individual, business, or organization-who wants to be in the parade simply needs to show up at the HHS area by 9:30 a.m. The parade will include vintage cars that will be on display at the field.
Melissa Hayes will sing the National Anthem for the flag raising ceremony, which will be followed by the crowning of royalty. The contests include Little Mr. and Miss Liberty, Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker, Miss Independence, and Miss Fourth of July. Live musical entertainment includes Hundred Miles From Nowhere and Barbara Lynn and The Silver Eagle Band.
Of course there will be various food vendors, but for those who think they can really put away the food, there will be a hot dog eating contest after the first band performance. The winner will receive $25 cash.
Other contests include, of course, Virgil Wilkins' games like turtle races, relay races and more; a men's horseshoe pitching tournament at the playground; a cornhole tournament; and a Cinch tournament at the pavilion.
The day will be punctuated by fireworks over Hundred. In the event that the weather on Saturday is not suitable for fireworks, they will be postponed to July 8, at dark.
Anyone who wants to set up a food, craft, or other kind of booth is encouraged to contact Recorder Sherry Hayes at the town building, 304-775-5131 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a Facebook group for Hundred's Fourth of July Celebration.