Much in store for Masonic Celebration

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 10, 2010

Members of the Florala Masonic Celebration committee are hoping this year’s celebration, which is set for Mon., June 21, through Sat., June 25, will bring a huge turnout.

This is the 140th consecutive annual celebration and will be the first year a carnival will be featured at the event.

“We’re hoping to get things back on track this year,” said committee co-chair Caleb Davidson. “The carnival is back, and we’re hoping for a huge turnout for that.

“We’ve already had to move the location of this year’s adult water battle because of the number of teams,” he said, speaking the event that features teams from area fire departments. This year’s competition will feature departments from Florala, Lockhart, Red Oak, Samson, Kinston and Flat Creek. It will be held Sat., June 25, at 3 p.m. on 5th Street in front of old Alabama Power building.

Other events include a Monday “Anything Goes Parade” at 6 p.m. and children’s water battle. The day will conclude with a womanless beauty pageant, sponsored by the Florala Civic Club, at 7 p.m. at Florala City Middle School.

The week will also feature a beauty pageant and children’s events.

“We’re also very excited about this year’s gospel singing on Wednesday (June 23) with Fresh Anointing and Glorious Disaster, both national recording artists performing.”

That Friday night will feature a street dance at 9 p.m. with Riverchase Band performing, he said.

On Saturday, the parade will begin downhill at 11 a.m. Arts and crafts will be featured on the shores of Lake Jackson. Fireworks and another street dance at the Farmer’s Market are set for 9 p.m.

“We just want everyone to come out and have a fantastic time in Florala,” Davidson said.

Children participate in the annual water battle at last year’s celebration. This year the water battle will be held on June 25 at 6 p.m.| File photo