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Morning Sun
  • Root beer vendor draws repeat customers

  • Regular as clock work, Bill Fleming and his mother, Sharon Fleming, are in Lincoln Park for the Fourth of July festivities.

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  • Regular as clock work, Bill Fleming and his mother, Sharon Fleming, are in Lincoln Park for the Fourth of July festivities.
    “We’ve been coming here for five years now,” said Sharon Fleming. “It’s my son’s business, but he lets me come along and help out.”
    She said that Billy Jack’s Hillbilly Root Beer always has the same location, right by the Lincoln Park Band Dome.
    “I love it here by all this beautiful entertainment,” Fleming said. “Pittsburg is one of the first shows Bill ever did, and we loving come back every July 4. Everyone is so nice, and this is one of our favorite places.”
    They sell their root beer in cups or bottles, and have a policy of refilling the bottles at a reduced rate. That’s one reason why they have so many repeat customers.
    “Is that a bottle from last year?” Fleming asked one customer.
    “Actually, I think it’s from two years ago,” the woman replied.
    Fleming said that root beer is made from an old family recipe, using only natural ingredients.
    “My son got that recipe from his aunt,” she said. “We only sell our root beer at fairs and festivals because it’s not carbonated. That makes it taste mellow and natural, but it won’t hold the fizz for very long.”
    Fleming said that her son has been hearing impaired since birth. He reads lips very well, but his mother assists him in waiting on the customers.
    “Bill is in the back, making more root beer as fast as he can,” Fleming said.
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