Cushing's First Annual July 4th BLOWOUT was by all standards a success. Oh sure, there were a few glitches along the way. All of it well worth it for the community of Cushing.
Starting with one of the largest parades we have seen in a long time, with over 30 plus entries with more that had to be turned away at the last minute, because they did not preregister in time. However it was a solid stream of entries down Broadway with an estimates 4000 onlookers.
This was just the start of the day's activities. From the parade route, all the events planned moved down to Memorial Park. From noon to around 11pm it was non stop entertainment. Hot dog eating contest winner, to the watermelon eating contest winner, and one of the largest water balloon fights in the history of Memorial Park. Kids and adults alike, had tons of fun!
The Commissioners Dunk Tank was a huge success, People lined up to get the chance to drop the commissioner into the water. All the proceeds went to the Cushing clean up program of Cushing Pride. At $1 for 4 attempts to dunk a commissioner. The attraction raised approximately $200, with an official count still being completed. That s a lot of balls, being hurled at the commissioners. Thanks Terry and Trace for you participation.
From the top of the lineup of entertainment every band that performed could have been the headliner. the Erin (Phelps) Bates band kicked things off, with the Charlie Hickman band following. Great performances from both groups. The DCRA finalist rocked the house with Andrea Dodson, Ron Dodson, and Myah Savage, from the 2016 Red Carpet Karaoke competition held in June, at Centennial Park.
Joe & Katie Uveges, class acts from Colorado Springs, put on a great show for the crowd, as it swelled to around to an estimated 4000 to 5000 people in memorial park for the fireworks show. Joe & Katie enjoyed seeing Cushing, from the tank farms to historic downtown. Below is a video clip from the Uveges performanceMonday evening.
Joe & Katie performed with a local house band. John Favalora fo FAVCO Electric played drums, Joe Roundtree from Silver City sat in on bass, Davis Wright ,originally from the Stillwater area on lead guitar. This song feaetured "Blind Dogg Willie" on Harp for this in impromto performance of "Trouble".
Facebook was buzzing with comments after the show. Amy Blakemore wrapped up the feeling of the whole event by saying this:
"May I just say how blessed I am to live in such a wonderful and family oriented community. I spent the day in the park enjoying Cushing's Independance Day Celebration.It was the most enjoyable 4th I've spent in many years.It's so hard to find celebrations that are so family friendly and alchohol free.I'm proud as ever to say I live in Cushing"! ~ Amy Blakemore
Overall a great success for the community of Cushing! Thank you again to the Skinners for the vision of the event, and a ton of hard work. And thank you to all the sponsors, that jumped on board and supported the effort. It was a well worthwhile venture. Here is a little snippet of the beginning and end of the fireworks show from Monday evening.
After all the volunteers, the City's participation and all the coordination that goes into an event such as this. It is all well worth it when it accomplishes it's original goal. Which was to create "an event for the community, done by the community". No particular organization sanctioned this event. The City of Cushing saw the vision of Lee and Johna Skinner, and by adding a few other key contributors, the COMMUNITY OF CUSHING came together to put on this event. Other surrounding towns saw what Cushing can do when it is united with purpose and vision. GREAT JOB CUSHING! Let's do it again.