The rain held off most all day and evening to enable Gulf
County to mark the 245th birthday of America in fine fashion Sunday.
At God and Country Family Fun Night, on the Third Street grounds
of where once stood the First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe, folks flocked
Sunday evening to toss some bean bags and throw some axes, slide down giant
water slides and bounce inside inflated houses, and enjoy food from trucks as
they waited for the city’s fireworks show, which went off without a hitch.
Gold City, the award-winning Southern Gospel quartet from
Gadsden, Alabama, delighted the crowd, as tenor Thomas Nalley, lead Bruce
Taliaferro, baritone Daniel Riley, bass Chris West and pianist GW Southard
provided the soundtrack for a celebration of God and country.
At the Tomahawks 51 axe-throwing trailer, Tallahassee’s Will
Tetsworth guided throwers through the fine art of tossing a 16-inch, 6.5-pound
hatchet about 10 feet into wooden targets to see if they can score a five-point
bullseye, a three-point red ringer or a point for the outer circle. Or if they
were really adept, to hit one of the two red clutch circles, and score seven
points. All in fun of course.
“Throw it straight over your head and follow through,”