Rhythm On the River

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

July 4, 2005

The celebration started earlier in the day with parade just as it does every year. However, for 2005, it was all about the "Rhythm On the River."

"So, it's America at its best here," said Steve Phipps, the Mayor of Scottsville.

While today is the birthday of our nation, and it's usually her day to shine, Scottsville is the one doing the boasting.

"We have a mixture of bluegrass, county, and folks music here. We try to pick a variety of music for folks to enjoy each year," explained Mayor Phipps.

"Rhythm on the River" is in its seventh year, and it's becoming more, and more popular every time. The number of those attending this year is expected to exceed 1,000.

"Each year it's getting bigger and bigger. We're getting some big names coming down here to play for us. The word is spreading, and it's a free concert. We are going to keep free for as long as we can," said Mayor Phipps.

Which is good news for the city of Scottsville and its residents, who look forward to throwing frisbees, launching styrofoam rockets up in the air, or just sitting back catching a breeze while hearing the sounds of good ol' music.

"It's a great family event anytime people can come together to enjoy themselves, and relax while celebrating our country's birthday," said Mayor Phipps.

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