PTC’s 4th of July parade to have 50th anniversary flavor

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 4:05pm
By: The Citizen

PTC’s 4th of July parade to have 50th anniversary flavor

Peachtree City’s venerable July 4th parade will continue its tradition Saturday at 9 a.m., but with a special nod to the city’s 50th anniversary.

As such, the city’s former mayors have been invited to serve as co-grand marshals of the parade. Scheduled to lead the parade are former mayors Joel Cowan, Ralph Jones, Chip Conner, Howard Morgan’s widow Dolly, Herb Frady, Fred Brown Jr., Bob Lenox and Steve Brown.

The parade begins at the Village on the Green subdivision on South Peachtree Parkway just north of Braelinn Golf Club. From there the route goes north on the parkway until it reaches McIntosh Trail. The parade will then turn left and end at the city’s recreation complex on McIntosh Trail.

As usual an assortment of individuals and businesses have entries in the parade, and of course there will be politicians aplenty, seeing as how this is an election year for three City Council seats.

One political question that might be answered in the parade is whether or not current City Council member Cyndi Plunkett will run for mayor. Earlier this year Plunkett confirmed that she was considering running for mayor, but Tuesday she declined to say whether or not she would indeed seek the post.

Announced mayoral candidates Don Haddix and Scott Rowland are slated to appear in the parade along with City Council candidates Vanessa Fleisch, Eric Imker and Shelby Barker.

Current Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon will be appearing in the parade twice. He will be at the front of the parade with the grand marshals and will double back to his parade entry as a candidate for state insurance and fire safety commissioner.

Other politicians scheduled to appear include Fayette Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard, state Rep. Matt Ramsey, governor candidate and current Secretary of State Karen Handel and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.

The Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band will provide music during the parade and the police department’s award-winning honor guard is also near the front of the parade along with the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

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Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 12:56pm.

the Politico's.

Submitted by Imker on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 10:39am.

Politicking during the parade is fine as long as we don't hold things up. I've heard in past years politicians have been out right disrespectful by shaking so many hands and talking to friends along the route a large gap between floats gets created. I'll be # 145 with the "Return to the Vision . com" float. I will be respectful of the rules and hope you folks enjoy the goodies and mini Frisbees you'll be getting. Smiling Eric Imker, Candidate for Post #1

Submitted by PTCBernie on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 9:46am.

I, for one, would LOVE to get back to having just a golf cart parade with only PTC residents and civic groups. It would be great to not have to sit through so many political candidate's floats and watch Bubba's Septic Service truck roll past.

It's a shame that we limit PTC residents and not all the commercial stuff from outside the city.

I'll get down from my soapbox now.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 10:11am.

I will be on a golf cart (132A), right behind the YKnot float, I hear. An irony there since I don't drink and all the rest.

So, count one potential political float out.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by hobnobbing on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 1:59pm.

1: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other's false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning —called also Socratic irony2 a: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning b: a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony c: an ironic expression or utterance3 a (1): incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result.

The way you put it... I would call that just plain prejudice against those that do drink or go to any estblishment that serve alcohol.
Lame excuse for not staying in the parade Don. Cheers!!

Hobnobbing with the big dogs!

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 3:44pm.

Helluva leap you took there just by using Don's choice of words. I see no hint of prejudice in his statement at all--you're really reaching--all to no avail.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 2:44pm.

Nope, not prejudice, just the irony of the spatial positioning of my location in the parade compared to Logsdon's position at Y-Knot in the 2005 election.

Nothing against drinking. I have booze in my house for company. We dine where booze is served, except where smoking occurs as it does not agree with most non smokers. I don't drink anymore because it conflicts with a pill I take. Simple as that.

Potential means on the question of how many political floats count me out because I never planned one, just a golf cart. So, look for me in the parade. Position 132A.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 12:55pm.

Has more than just alcohol. They have some good food specials too. I frequent the outside Deck often, not nearly as much smoke, and good Prime Rib Special on Thursdays. Smiling

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 1:11pm.

Smoking will turn me around and out the door instantly. But, management there seems polite, efficient and no nonsense on problems.

But the irony remains. Eye-wink

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by PTCGOIL on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 8:29pm.

Once as mayor (HAHAHAHAHAHA) and once as candidate for Insurance Commish. (even more HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

Gee, I heard he will be right behind the horses the second time around. With a shovel in his hand, of course. Or, was it he will BE the horse's behind? I can never keep these things straight.
God Bless America and Happy 4th!!!!

Submitted by MYTMITE on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 9:37pm.

After all he does have two faces does'nt he?
Same article mentions Cyndi Plunkett may be running for mayor. Hmmm, the developers need at least one friend now that they will lose the Big Kahuna. Guess she thinks Peachtree City residents have short attention spans. Let's hope not. I for one will remember and continue to remind all how many times she voted against what the residents wanted. In fact she was usually the tie breaker that swayed the vote against our wishes. We are getting rid of one problem, let's not vote another one in. Let's be sensible and vote with our brains this next go round.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:21pm.

I don't understand Cyndi's rep as the "swing" vote. She always, always votes team Logsdon.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 3:13pm.

Cyndi may not have been the tie breaker in many of those votes for things the residents were against, but if she had voted differently the outcome would have been different. Let's just hope people remember how she did vote and how often.

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