July 4th comes early at Fairview CIC, as they always celebrate the patriotic holiday the Saturday before. With the end of the regular ball season, they recognize their players and coaches, and generally just have an old-fashioned good time.
The morning activity started out with paying tribute to all veterans and the displaying of the colors. Following the service, everyone was encouraged to partake in the home-cooked breakfast served in the center’s dining room.
Youngsters enjoyed a rousing morning of T-ball and softball games, as observers looked for shady spots to put their chairs.
Throughout the day, Collins River Fire Department volunteers cooled the children off by spraying them down with the fire hose. Many also took the easier way to cool off, with an ice cream sunday topped with whipped topping and a cherry.
Games of chance were enjoyed by the younger set, as well as rides on the Redneck Express provided by Donald Moore.
The revival of the old-time pig chasing game was brought back delighting attendees of all ages. The kids had the opportunity to try their luck catching the wiry creature, with many squeals of delight coming from both the catchers and the observers.
Noah James Griffith, 7, enjoyed his first time at pig catching, winning $5 for his efforts.
“It was pretty fun,” said Griffith. “My brother did some research on how to catch a pig, and he told me to just throw my whole body on it, and that’s what I did.”
The afternoon ended with their annual beauty pageants and Mr. and Ms. Fairview competition. Senior citizens Wiladean Savage and Patrick McCormick earned the top honors in the pageant as Mr. and Ms. Fairview.