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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Wrap-up of Fourth of July activities

By STACI ANN WILSON WRIGHT | Jul 02, 2013

Fairfield and several area communities have made plans for the Fourth of July celebration Thursday. Following is a wrap-up of local Independence Day festivities.

 

Fairfield

Family fun will begin at 11 a.m. at Waterworks Park Thursday. There will be activities for children throughout the afternoon including a petting zoo and train rides. A child’s pedal pull will be held at 1:30 p.m.; registration for the event is at 1 p.m.

Food vendors will be serving hand-breaded tenderloins, cheeseburgers, barbecued pork sandwiches, chicken strips, french fries, walking tacos, popcorn, hot dogs, candy bars, root beer floats, Gatorade, iced tea, soda and more.

More than 25 additional vendors will be selling jewelry, Avon products, Thirty One bags and gifts, Jamberry Nails and more.

Niccole Giberson will provide vocal entertainment at 7 p.m. She will conclude her performance with the National Anthem and the fireworks display will immediately follow between 9:30-10 p.m.

 

Agency

The Agency Fire Department will serve supper from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the fire station. The firemen will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts and ice cream. A street dance, also sponsored by the fire department, will follow from 7-10 p.m.

The annual Agency Fourth of July parade will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. Immediately following the parade, there will be a barbecue hosted by the Agency Lion’s Club in Agency Park.

There will be games and activities for children at 12:30 p.m.

 

Keosauqua

The Keosauqua Lions Club will host its Fourth of July Celebration Thursday in City Park along the Des Moines River.

The event kicks off with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6-10 a.m. in the dining tent, followed by lunch served at 2 p.m.

The afternoon will include a pedal-tractor pull, with sign up at 3:30 p.m. and the pull at 4 p.m. Kids’ games will begin at 2 p.m. in the park.

Participants also can enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house and train rides for children. Bingo also will begin at 2 p.m. in the Keosauqua Senior Citizen Center. The silver mine is set for 5 p.m.

A Declaration Celebration is slated to begin at 5 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ to mark the significance of the Fourth of July holiday.

During the free presentation, Michael J. Ernst of Mount Pleasant will present his one-man play about one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, “Charles Carroll, the Last One Standing.”

Thirteen Van Buren County men, each representing one of the 13 original colonies, also will read the Declaration of Independence.

Betsy Ross, played by Virginia Farris, will serve as hostess for the event. She will introduce special music.

Entertainment on the Riverfront Stage in City Park will begin at 6 p.m. The Harvest Band and Carson Schuck will perform.

Prior to the fireworks display, there will be a drawing for cash prizes provided by the Lions Club. The fireworks display will follow at dusk over the Des Moines River.

 

Richland

Richland will celebrate Independence Day Wednesday and Thursday with a number of events planned by the Richland Community Club and supported by local businesses and community contributions.

Wednesday will feature concessions, served by the Richland Little League, from 6-9 p.m. until dark in Alumni Park. Music in the park will begin at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., there will be a new business awards presentation. The Homecoming 2014 theme contest also will be announced.

The J Roland Band will perform live music from 7:30 p.m. until dark. The fireworks display will immediately follow at dark.

In the event of rain, only the fireworks display will be held at dark on Thursday.

The morning of July Fourth, a breakfast sponsored by the Richland Lions Club will be held from 7-9 a.m. at the Mother Cabrini Parish Hall. The proceeds from the freewill offering go toward the fireworks display.

 

Stockport

Stockport’s Avenue of Flags will be flying on Main Street Thursday.

Volunteers are needed to help raise and lower the Avenue of Flags. Volunteers are asked to meet in front of Stockport City Hall and raise the flags at 7 a.m. and lower them at 4 p.m.

The Avenue of Flags is erected four times each year on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

 

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