Friends of the Arboretum and the Elizabeth Denton English chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are presenting its third annual Fourth of July celebration at the Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

The Friends of the Arboretum invites the public to come to the historic Stinson House, behind the Gov. Hogg City Park on Texas Highway 37 in Quitman.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the reading of the Declaration of Independence and what happened to its signers later in life.

Live music provided by The Model A’s.

The group will hold an inaugural apple pie contest this year with first place prize of $40, second place $20 and third place $10.

“Bring your lawn chairs, listen to some good music and hear how it all started with the Declaration of Independence, have a hot dog, a piece of pie and enjoy our gardens,” according to the news release.

For more information call Pam Riley at 903-466-4327.

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