Features https://www.galaxgazette.com/features/todaysfeatures en Feathered friends float for festive Fourth https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/feathered-friends-float-festive-fourth <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0712_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> The 7th Annual Great Galax Duck Race was held July 4 on Chestnut Creek, starting at the East Grayson Street bridge next to Vaughan Bassett and ending in the creek next to CVS.</p> <p> Once again, the race broke the previous year&rsquo;s record, with 4,100 ducks on the water.</p> <p> As always, the &ldquo;race&rdquo; was actually a technique for the annual harvesting and cleaning of the popular Galax rubber duck (scientific name <em>Flexilis anatis galax</em>), a valuable cash crop for the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which hosted and managed the event.</p> Rodeo rides into Galax this weekend https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/rodeo-rides-galax-weekend <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rodeo_2018.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Last year&rsquo;s rodeo in Galax&rsquo;s Felts park was so good it won an award. This weekend, it&rsquo;s back again.</p> <p> The Oakland Ruritan Club will host a two-day rodeo on Friday and Saturday, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. nightly.</p> You’ll be in a fowl mood if you miss this event https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/you%E2%80%99ll-be-fowl-mood-if-you-miss-event <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/duckboat_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> <em>Staff Reports</em></p> <p> It&rsquo;s a long trip to Carnegie Hall, and a great expense to see the Paris Opera, but tickets to the world&rsquo;s most sought-after social event can be yours for a mere $5.</p> <p> Just stop any Galax firefighter you see and ask to purchase a ticket to the annual July 4 Great Galax Duck Race, truly an amazing spectacle for young and old alike.</p> <p> The swells, the hoi polloi and the cream of the celebrity media crop all gather along the banks of Chestnut Creek to watch the thrilling sight of yellow rubber ducks floating downstream.</p> Ayerses to celebrate 60th anniversary https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/ayerses-celebrate-60th-anniversary <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ayerses_anniversary.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Ayerses</p> <p> to celebrate</p> <p> 60th anniversary</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Phillip and Wilma Ayers of Galax will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary July 3. They have one son, Michael Ayers, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.</p> Snider turns three https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/snider-turns-three <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pari_snider_turns_three.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> She&rsquo;s</p> <p> three</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Pari Elise Snider celebratd her third birthday April 19 with a Baby Shark party with family. Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider. She has three older sisters, Blair, Palin and Paisley. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur, Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her aunts are Holy Lane and Gina Bigham.</p> Something To Do from June 14-16, 2019 https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/something-do-june-14-16-2019 <p> Movies</p> <p> Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.</p> <p> &bull; Men In Black: International (PG-13)</p> <p> &bull; Aladdin (2019) (PG)</p> <p> &bull; The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG)</p> <p> Music</p> Porters celebrate 65th anniversary https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/porters-celebrate-65th-anniversary <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/porter_anniversary_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Porters</p> <p> celebrate</p> <p> 65th</p> <p> anniversary</p> <p> Ray and Mabel Porter will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on June 29, 2019.</p> <p> They were married in York, S.C., on this date in 1954.</p> <p> Ray is retired from ABF and Mabel is retired from Sears.</p> <p> They have two sons, Roger and Randy; two grandchildren; Kaitlin Porter Caviness and Michael Porter; and one great-grandson, Jaxon Riggs Caviness who will turn 1 in July, 2019.</p> Ward turns five https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/ward-turns-five <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/luke_harvey_ward_b-day.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> He&rsquo;s</p> <p> five</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Luke Harvey Ward turned five years old on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a Paw Patrol party and a trip to Great Wolf Lodge. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has three brothers, Braeden, Levi and Grayson and a little sister, Jacey. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreams Bowman.</p>