Carter City community members joined on a hill in their neighborhood for a good old fashioned cookout that was topped off with fireworks, a lot of fireworks.
Despite the threat of rain looming nearby, children played and adults conversed in a fashion that is rarely seen in the modern technological world. There is little to no cellular service in this area of the county and the people seemed all the happier.
A line quickly formed under the shelter house where hotdogs, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and several types of salads were laid out on one table and desserts on another. Cold drinks provided festival goers with a refreshing break from the heat and humidity that is in abundance during this time of the year.
A quick game of catch-the-football sprung up among the children. Age and gender didn’t seem to matter to them, it was just a fun game to pass the time while the adults talked about times of old and to wait for the fireworks to start. Other children preferred to swing or climb on the support structure for the swings. Others toyed around with water guns.
With the fireworks launch quickly approaching, a local neighbor blew a train horn several times throughout the evening – alerting those around the event on the hill was still game on despite a brief period of rain.
Lincoln Theinert, organizer of Carter County Thunder, also organizes the annual fireworks display for the Carter City community. Theinert explained the main difference between the shows is the Carter City display is comprised of consumer-grade fireworks. They just use a lot of them, timed quickly, to get the effect a big show like Thunder.
As dusk drew nearer, more and more “light swords” were sold, those which were left over from Carter County Thunder. Tessa Jessie, who has been a long-time volunteer for the event, once again manned the tent to sell the novelty items.
“Helping with the sales booth at Carter County Thunder to the annual Carter City Cookout, always tends to wrap together a week of reflection and gratitude toward us celebrating Independence Day/week,” Jessie said. “We’re surrounded by friends, family, neighbors, coworkers etc. each year and each event Lincoln [Theinert] hosts ties into the importance of coming together and enjoying the small things with the time we have.”