An early Fourth of July benefit celebration will be held Saturday featuring food, music, entertainment, games, health screenings, a silent auction and more.

The celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alterra Sterling House, located at 101 Trinity Court.

Proceeds from the event will be used to rebuild the Church of the Nazarene, which was burned by arson on March 1.

“This is a community celebration for all to enjoy,” said the Rev. Charlie Cox. “Father Zach at Sacred Heart has his ladies baking cakes for the cake walk. So many in our congregation, the Ministerial Alliance, local merchants, families and individuals in the community have gone overboard to make this benefit a success.”

Featured will be live music, the Dogwood Square Dancers, a watermelon seed spitting contest, domino tournament, cake walk, outside water events for kids (kids should be dressed to get wet), snow cones, free health screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol and blood sugar, and more.

In addition, brisket dinners will all the trimmings, dessert and a drink will be served. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids under age 10. Tickets at the door are $6 and $4. Tickets can be bought at Cavender’s Boot City and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Dine-in and take-out will be available.

“Palestine merchants have contributed some wonderful gifts that will be sold at a silent auction,” Cox said.

Those attending the celebration may want to bring a lawn chair.

For information, call 903-729-1900 or 903-723-5215.

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