For their July 9, 2019 meeting, the Lake Butler Rotary Club President, Brad Whitehead, gave his after-action report of the 2019 Union County 4th of July Celebration. He began the program by introducing the members to the Lake Butler Interact Club President, Kylie Stevens and her assistant, Interact Club member Mary Quiett. These two Interact Club members from the Union County School system began thier day, Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 2:00am assisting the Fishing Tournament Event. They checked all 45 boats that entered the tournament. They remained onsite helping the Lake Butler Rotary Club with the various events. The Lake Butler Rotary Club sincerely expressed their appreciation to these two hard working and dedicated Interact Club members. Brad then introduced his son Carter, the only other guest for today’s meeting.
The Big Bass Fishing Tournament was a great success netting almost $2500.00! The Grand Prize of $1000.00 went to Larry Hendricks, owner of Union Power Equipment, and his partner for a bass weighing in at 2.71 pounds. Larry’s boat was the 38th boat of the 45 boats to be launched at the tournament.
The Family Fun Run and 5K went well thanks to Carlton Faulk and others. Brad complimented Sara Owen for taking care of the vendor booths which brought in $1700.00 for the 30 booth spots rented out. The Antique/Classic Car Show was another great success thanks to Russ Wade and Jennie Reed. This event netted $500.00 and the only issue noted involved parking with the vendors trying to setup.
The Silent Auction was a new activity this year for the 4th of July Celebration, thanks to Joe Stephenson. Ted Barber setup the donor tax-exempt forms, the bidding forms and the winner certificates and Cathryn Reagan handled the intake of donor items and the judging. The event cleared $450.00 according to Joe Stephenson. The live music on our local radio station and at the Lakeside Park was compliments of Paul Lewis. Next year we hope to be able to place speakers on the east side of the park to extend the coverage of music until the fireworks begin.
Overall, the Fourth of July Celebration for 2019 was a huge success in spite of the afternoon weather and the money expended to put on the activities was replaced by the money taken in at this years event!
David Stegall of the Lake Butler Community Page was onsite and shared a collection of photos taken during the fun run, 5k, festival and car show. He was unfortunately not able to capture a video of the fireworks due to the rain and camera issues in the event. To view the photos, you can go to bit.ly/2019July4thphotos