Fourth of July


Not even the rain could hamper Madisonville’s Independence Day spirit at the Third Annual Hometown Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Madison Park last Wednesday.

Despite an early downpour, city officials say approximately three thousand people came to Lake Madison to enjoy live music, vendors, activities and, of course, fireworks when the sun went down.

One of the event’s features was a car show. Gary Nunley and his 1966 Chevrolet Pickup C-10 earned first place in show. In second place with a 1956 Ford Thunderbird was Sally Kankey and Keith McKenzie earned third.

The live music was performed on a stage in front of the lake for all to enjoy along with their food. The Dennis Ivey Band headlined the show and were joined by Wade Phillips and Gus Andrews. Before the fireworks, Wendy Hunt performed the National Anthem.

Also joining the entertainment were Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert, Fire Chief Thom Jones and City Manager Camilla Viator, who showed the kids how it was done on the dance floor. Gilbert also exhilarated the crowd with his onstage rendition of ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green.

Attendees enjoyed 18 vendors at the event that sold retail as well as food and refreshments. Besides dancing, the children enjoyed the Splash Pad, waterslides, face painting and games throughout the day.

Sponsors included The City of Madisonville, Madison County, the Madisonville Meteor, HEB, MARI, Prosperity Bank, Midway Trailer, Jesse Jaenicke, Dixie Electric and Rancho Viejo Restaurant.

Volunteers included Madisonville First Responders, Dennis Ivey Band, Wade Phillips, Windy Hunt, Matt Carey and volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Madisonville, Mindy Crouch, T.J. Douga, Madisonville Care Center and City of Madisonville employees.