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A look back at July 4 in Jasper

From greased poles to greased pigs


 A scene shot from the second story window of The Edge Building looking down on the courthouse lawn in the early 70’s.

     What do a greasy pole climb, a fat person contest and “the man with the monkey and the man with the crow” all have in common?
    According to a schedule in a 1958 edition of this publication [printed in its entirety on page 17A] they were some of many quirky events at what was arguably Jasper’s first July Fourth celebration, hosted by the Jasper Lion’s Club. 
    “It was the biggest event of the year,” said Lawton Baggs who served with the local Lion’s chapter for over four decades beginning in 1974. “People came from all over to have a good time.”

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