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Governor visits Big Sandy For independence day

The town of Big Sandy got a real VIP visit for their annual independence day breakfast. The Texas governor. The small town annual fourth of July waffle breakfast in Big Sandy had put out invitations , not knowing who from the state office might show up.

"We were totally surprised," says Big Sandy mayor Nancy church.

Governor Rick Perry chose Big Sandy as the place he would celebrate independence.

"Big Sandy is kind of a reflection of who I am, I really enjoy going to our smaller communities," Perry says.

Even city officials were surprised that the governor had agreed to take part in this small town celebration.

"Governor Perry wanted to come to East Texas and he had three options and when he read all of the three options he said I'll go to Big Sandy. Very big day," Church says.

Perry spoke of small town America as being the truest reflection of American values.

"I grew up in a place called Paint Creek we tell people Haskell because that's the closest place that had a post office. Today is a good day to think about the freedoms we have in this country. We've survived to inspire others and spread the principles of freedom," he said.

The waffle breakfast raises money for local scholarships. Big Sandy was the only Fourth of July stop for the governor, before heading back to Austin.

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