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By Lorrie Kinkade

To the editor,

What ever happened to enjoying a small town parade and letting the kids have fun outside while you catch up with friends? In a time when everything seems so hectic, kids are glued to the computer and the price of gas is limiting our ability to have fun, it’s time to take a step back and enjoy ourselves and this great community.

We have the perfect opportunity for that. The Trimble County High School Raider football team is hosting their annual Midnight Madness Saturday, August 23.

This year there will be a parade through Bedford beginning at 5 p.m. Following the parade, come join in the fun at the high school with games and food beginning at 6 p.m. at the end of the football field.

We’re planning a car show hosted by Asphalt Angels, 3-point basketball shootout, quarterback challenge/throw, baseball throw, face painting, Raider jail, inflatable obstacle course, dunking booth and more. We are also planning to have a sucker tree, duck/fishing pond, ring toss, skee ball and Plinko.

A tug-of-war tournament has been added this year. Pitted against each other will be County Judge-Executive Randy Stevens and team vs. the county sheriff’s department. Bedford and Carrollton Fire Departments are also scheduled to compete.

The dunking booth will also feature some of your favorite county officials. Another new addition will be live music provided by local band “Enough Said.” Band members Drew Alexander, Cody Kidwell, Ethan Turner, Trever Goode and Adam Liter will perform modern and classic rock throughout the evening.

Concession and funnel cake stands will be serving great food. There will be an introduction of Fall sports teams around 8:30 p.m. Then at 10 p.m., sit back and enjoy as the Trimble County High School Raiders take the field while the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department lights the FIREWORKS before a team scrimmage.

This year we’ve worked hard to make the games and prizes bigger and better than ever.

Gate admission is $2 for adults/ $1 for students and children. Game tickets will be five for $1. All proceeds from this event will go toward supplies, equipment, gas for the bus and driver fees, etc.

The event is open to everyone with paid admission.

Kelli Parrish & Tonya Edens