Get Ready for a ‘Hot Diggity’ Fourth of July Celebration in Sewanee


The Fourth of July Committee is proud to announce the theme for the 2022 celebration: “Hot Diggity All-American Dogs!” The theme can encompass all things “dog” — from our beloved pets to the All-American favorite food, hot dogs, and anything and everything in between.

We invite everyone to join us on Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, to commemorate the formation of the United States of America and celebrate with fun, food, family, and friends.

More information will be available soon at <http://www.sewanee4thofjuly.or...;.

Flag Raising

Rise and shine on the Fourth of July with local Scout Troop 14 at the 49th annual Flag Raising ceremony. This year the ceremony kicks off at 8 a.m. at Juhan Bridge in Abbo’s Alley with a pot-luck breakfast following in the shared driveway of the Smiths, Gardners, and Beaumont Zuckers. Come join us in this festive celebration and tradition of patriotic song, accompanied by the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Brass Quintet, flag raising, and fellowship. Coffee and juice will be provided by the Friends of Abbo’s Alley (donations encouraged). Attendees are asked to bring a pastry or other breakfast dish to share. Individually wrapped or portioned items are encouraged. For more information, call Margaret Beaumont Zucker at (931) 598-5214.

Arts & Crafts Fair Vendors

We invite you to participate in our Arts & Crafts Fair beginning on Monday, July 4, at 9 a.m. in Shoup Park, where you can view the parade without leaving your booth, rain or shine. There is a $25 non-refundable fee and spaces are limited and pre-assigned, so sign up early. Go to <sewanee4thofjuly.org> under Event Registration for more information and for your entry form or contact Bracie Parker at <melaniebracie@yahoo.com> with any questions. Come spend the day with us, sell your wares, and enjoy the parade and other fun activities.

Sewanee Fourth of July Parade Entries

There are so many creative ways to strut your stuff down University Avenue, and they range from traditional and elaborate to simple, elegant, memorable, and bizarre.

Anything with wheels is good: flatbeds, cars, Wienermobiles, convertibles, golf carts, wagons, wheelbarrows, bikes, big wheels, scooters.

But on foot (or hooves) could be even better, especially if you’ve got a colorful banner (and/or signs, big hats, hotdog costumes, confetti, giant pinwheels, hotdogs glued onto your person) declaring who you are and what you do for this diverse community!

The parade committee will do all it can to help you find materials and get you organized on parade day so you can be the hottest, most diggetty dog of the day.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 4; line-up begins at noon on Georgia Avenue, and judging begins at 1 p.m. Please enter on Mississippi Avenue from University Avenue, and our tent will be set up catty-cornered from Benedict Hall and the parking lot on the corner.

We will have trophies for best float, best decorated vehicle, and best horse, and blue ribbons for best decorated bicycle, best banner, best costume, and judge’s favorite.

If you’re interested in showing how your organization loves hotdogs and keeps alive the American spirit of opportunity and hope for all, please do the following:

Send a quick email to <jkgressl@sewanee.edu> today to let us know that your wheels are turning.

Fill out the parade entry form <https://docs.google.com/forms/...;.

Tweet at <https://twitter.com/wienermobi...; and ask them to be sure to attend.

Annual Cake Baking Contest

Calling all cake bakers! It is time to put your cakes on display. Do you have a favorite cake recipe or a talent for cake decorating? Showcase your skills by entering your cake in the Sewanee Woman’s Club Annual Cake Contest. Entering is free of charge.

The categories are Best Tasting, Best Decorated and Best Representation of Theme. Let your creativity shine with this year’s theme – “Hot Diggity All American Dogs.” Imagine it. Cakes could be in the shape of hot dogs, good enough to eat. Or who do you know that likes to “hot dog” around? Do you know any “hot dogs”? The possibilities are endless.

Adult winners of the Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Best Representation of theme will receive gift cards from the Piggly Wiggly and Mooney’s Market and Emporium.

Adult winners of the Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Best Representation of the Theme will be entered in the Best All-Around Category. The winner of Best All-Around category will receive $100 courtesy of The Sewanee Mountain Messenger and a $50 gift certificate from The Lemon Fair. And, thanks to Ken Taylor of Taylor’s Mercantile, the baker of the best all-around cake can display the beautiful first place ribbon in the parade.

Youth (under 13) winners will receive $10 from The Sewanee Mountain Messenger and a card for ice cream from The Blue Chair.

Bring your cake to the American Legion between 9-9:45 a.m. on Monday, July 4, to register. If you want to write a short description of the cake, please bring it with you and we will put it alongside your entry.

If you have questions, please email <paulayeatman033@gmail.com>.

For more information go to <http://www.sewanee4thofjuly.or...;.

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