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Eli Young Band, MercyMe to headline Rogersville's Fourth of July Celebration

January 10th, 2012 10:34 pm by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE — This year’s Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration won’t feature one single chart-topping headline performer.

Fourth of July Celebration Committee Chairman Dr. Blaine Jones said the committee “hit a home run” this year by lining up two No. 1 chart-topping groups for Rogersville’s free celebration.

On Tuesday, the committee officially signed the Eli Young Band, which appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno Monday night performing its No. 1 country hit “Crazy Girl.”

Also signed for Rogersville’s July 4 celebration is the contemporary Christian group MercyMe, which had 13 consecutive top five singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with seven of them reaching No. 1.

“This will be the biggest lineup of entertainment in the history of the Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration,” said Jones. “Today we are very excited to announce that the Eli Young Band and contemporary Christian artists MercyMe will be sharing the stage at this year’s celebration. Never before have two major artists like this graced the stage at the Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration.”

Jones added, “We had The Band Perry last year, and we had record crowds, record sales and rave reviews over our show. (In past years) we have had Brad Paisley, Sawyer Brown, Diamond Rio and many others, but we have never been able to have a lineup such as this.”

The Fourth of July Celebration will be held at Rogersville City Park and is a free event sponsored by local and regional businesses and industry as well as donations from individuals and families.

There is live entertainment throughout the day, with the headliners closing out the event, followed by fireworks.

Although local Christian and gospel groups regularly perform, this will be the event’s first internationally renowned Christian group.

“We have wanted so bad to have a major Christian group here at our event, and finally in 2012 our prayers have been answered,” Jones said. “We always give God the glory for this event, and this year it will especially be true.”

Aside from live entertainment, the event includes free rides and exhibits for children, free swimming at the Rogersville City Pool, the State Championship 4 Mile Road Race, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and other attractions that will be announced closer to the event.

“We try our best to have something for everyone to enjoy, and this year will be more of the same,” Jones said. “For many, this will be their vacation. With the economy down as it has been the past few years, many cannot afford to travel, so we want to make this a free day of family fun for all to enjoy.”

Donations and sponsors are still needed. Donations can be mailed to the Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration, c/o Four Square Inc., P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, Tenn. 37857.

Anyone interested in being a sponsor can contact Jones at 272-3150.

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