County gears up for the 4th
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Ringgold County will be exploding with activity over the next couple weeks with different Fourth of July celebrations on tap.
Loch Ayr fireworks
The fireworks display at Loch Ayr lake north of Mount Ayr on Saturday, July 6.
The Clearfield Lions are sponsoring their 66th annual Fourth of July celebration.
The theme this year is “O Say, Can You See.”
Saturday, June 29
The holiday action actually gets started the Saturday before the 4th as a horseshoe tournament is set to get underway at 10 a.m.
All ages are invited to compete with prize money divided among the winners. Entry fees are $5 for singles and $10 for doubles.
Sunday, June 30
The holiday church service at the Christian Church is scheduled for 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, July 3
The Nick Grose Memorial Home Run Derby will get underway at 4 p.m. with competition in five divisions: 12-and-under, 13-16, 17-25, 26-and-over and girls softball.
Entry fee is $15.
The annual Truck and Tractor Pull is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The event, sanctioned by the Northwest Missouri Tractor Pullers Association, will be divided into six classes. Admission is $10 with children 12 and under admitted free. Bring lawn chairs.
Thursday, July 4
Sand volleyball will begin at 9 a.m. in the park.
The 3-on-3 basketball tournament will begin at 10 a.m. on the tennis courts across from the school.
The baby contest will be held in the park at 1 p.m.
Kids games in the park will begin at 1 p.m. Games for anyone ages 4-adult will include foot/sack races, egg toss, tug-o-war and greased pigs.
A bags tournament at Bootlegger’s Bar and Grill will begin at 4 p.m. Teams may pay their $20 registration fee between 3-4 p.m.
The United Methodist Church will serve homemade ice cream and cake beginning at 4 p.m. at the Lions Hall.
Public serving from the sixth annual Clearfield Lion BBQ Blowout gets underway at 5 p.m. just north of Bootlegger’s on Main Street. Meals will consist of ribs, pork, chicken legs and beans.Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12 with kids 5 and under admitted free. Payouts of over $1,500 will be paid to the cooking teams.
The pet show will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Taygold Community Store.
Antique tractors are invited to carry the 50 state flags in the parade. All tractors should start assembling at 4 p.m. to pick up flags. Line up will take place west of the nursing home.
The gigantic parade will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Sign-up for the parade will be held at the the United Methodist Church (one block north of school) from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Games such a bingo, bean bags, new space pillow, dart throw, ninja jump, saucers and slide will run following the parade.
A sanctioned pedal pull conducted by Myers Pedal Pull Co. will be held on Main Street at 7:30 p.m.
The band “Kickin’ Up Kountry” will entertain from 8-10:15 p.m.
The popular fireworks display is set to go off at 10:15 p.m. followed by drawings for cash prizes.
Everyone is invited to visit the Clearlfield Cafe and the new Clearfield Museum during the celebration.
For more information on anything related to the celebration should contact 641-782-0739.
Kellerton Fourth of July
The annual Independence Day celebration in Kellerton gets started at 1 p.m. with a parade followed by the kids’ pedal pull and games.
Lunch will be served in the park beginning at noon, with bingo running from 12-6 p.m.
Water fights will take place from 2:30-4 p.m.
Other attractions include a cake walk and new games.
Supper will be served at 5 p.m.
Following supper, winners of the 4th of July donation raffle will be announced. One raffle prize is a Ruger 450 rifle. Winners must be present.
A big fireworks display after dark will put the finishing touches on this year’s celebration.
Sun Valley fireworks
Sun Valley Lake will feature two big nights of fireworks on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.