Bell’s holiday weekend


Ray Welch|Daily News Beautiful fireworks lit up the sky across Bell County as Middlesboro and Pineville celebrated throughout the holiday weekend.

Despite dreary holiday weather causing minor alterations to the festivities — both Middlesboro and Pineville Fourth of July celebrations went off without a hitch.

Although the impending weather caused Main Street Pineville to cancel their street dance that was scheduled for Friday, the rain did not stop hundreds of people from lining the streets of downtown Pineville to watch the fireworks show at 10 p.m. Although the rain stayed around for the majority of the fireworks show, children and adults alike watched the show in its entirety — not letting the rain douse their fun.

According to the Main Street Pineville Facebook page, “the fireworks were made possible by Main Street Pineville with help from the Pineville Rotary Club, Pineville Lions Club, Jack Smith, Pineville Street Department, Pineville Fire Department, Pineville Police Department, The Big One 106.3 and Mayor Madon.”

MSP Director Jacob Roan said when the mayor approached him about the fireworks, he knew everyone would be excited, and is thankful for the donations that made it possible.

“When Mayor (Scott)Madon mentioned bringing the fireworks back I was sure that everyone would be excited,” said Roan. “Thankfully, the Pineville Rotary Club and the Pineville Lions Club gave generous donations to make the show possible.”

Roan says all of the reviews of the event have been positive and plans on making next years show just as successful.

“We have heard all positive reviews from spectators and look forward to working with Jack Smith and Pyro Shows again next year,” said Roan.

Middlesboro Park and Recreations Chairman Kevin Barnett said event sponsors Smithfield, Coca-Cola, Flavorich, Walmart, Hackney and Hyners Bakery made it possible for members of the street department to give out over 1,300 hot dogs, bags of chips, popcicles and drinks were at the event. Barnett recognizes the sacrifice the street department makes every year to make the event a success.

“We could not do this without them. They give up their Fourth of July weekend to do this,” said Barnett.

He says he is also grateful for all of the volunteers with the American Legion.

“Members of the American Legion came and cut, sliced and passed out watermelon,” said Barnett.

The all-day event remained busy.

“It was a packed house, all day long,” concluded Barnett.

Music was provided by Larry Cadle.

Friends of Cumberland Gap Park also handed out hot dogs, water and cookies. The rain held off as hundreds of people lined the highway and parking lots to watch the fireworks.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091.

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