Vernon Labor Day celebration to be held Saturday

Vernon Labor Day celebration to be held Saturday

Vernon High School Principal Brian Riviere visits the City Council to discuss the Homecoming parade route on Monday, Aug. 26. The council approved the route pending final approval by the state Department of Transportation.

Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 02:33 PM.

VERNON — The city of Vernon will celebrate Labor Day this Saturday with food, music, fireworks and fun, in spite of recent flooding, said Mayor Michelle Cook.

In fact, the flooding, which began on July 2, was the reason the Fourth of July celebration was postponed until Labor Day. Now, just a few days before the official end of summer and the beginning of September, Vernon and Washington County are still dealing with flooded roads, businesses and homes.

“The activities will begin at 5 p.m., and the fireworks will be at 9 p.m.,” Cook told the Vernon City Council on Monday night. “Gilley’s is providing the entertainment, and there will be bounce houses and games for the kids.” The city will also be providing the food for the event, she said.

The only thing that is missing from the July 4 celebration will be the parade.

Volunteers will be in Vernon helping families repair their flood-damaged homes, the mayor said. Ben Tarpley of Live Oaks, Fla., founder of the volunteer group Hammers and Hearts, reported at the Aug. 19 council workshop that his group, along with Catholic Charities and the Northwest Florida Baptist Association and the Methodist churches were beginning to organize work parties to help repair people’s homes.

Cook said it has been brought to her attention, by the volunteer groups, that there is a need for food donations. The volunteer groups are working to set up a food pantry at city hall.

The volunteers work on private properties, but will not work to rebuild rental properties, Tarpley said.

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