June 24, 2015

By: Charles Booth,  Staff Writer

Winners of this year’s Franklin County’s Got Talent contest will join other performers to entertain at this year’s Independence Day Festival, set for Thursday, July 2.

The event, sponsored by the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, will begin at 5 p.m. on the football field at Franklin County High School.

Dancers/cloggers Megan Hodges and Harley Brown, who won first place in the talent contest at FCHS, will perform two numbers for the audience.

The first, to the music of “Get Up Offa That Thing” (from the film Sister Act 2), was choreographed by dance instructor Jennifer Young. The dancers themselves choreographed the second number, which will be performed to the popular Charlie Daniels song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

Hodges, the 15-year-old daughter of Beth and Glen Hodges and a rising sophomore at Franklin County High School, has been taking dancing lessons since she was 9 years old.

Brown, the 13-year-old daughter of Bradford and Dawn Brown and a rising eighth-grader at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, has been taking dance lessons for six years.

The duo has been performing together for three years and has already won several competitions.

Other entertainers performing at the festival include popular local band Barefoot West; Ashley Hammock, singer, guitarist and songwriter; and Devin Powell, keyboardist.

The annual festival includes plenty of music, food and family fun, with a huge fireworks display to cap off the evening.

Rotary club members will also name the winner of the Patriot Award, an honor bestowed upon a Franklin County veteran each year.

Raffle tickets are now on sale as the club’s main fundraising activity. For the $100 ticket, first prize is $5,000 cash; second prize, $3,000; and third prize, $2,000.

Club members are also selling $1 tickets for several prizes donated by local businesses.