County communities prepare for Fourth of July festivities

The crowd at last year?s Fourth of July celebration in Peabody await the start of the community?s well-known fireworks show. Organizers hope for another large turnout this year.Most Marion County communities started selling fireworks Friday and will continue through Saturday, July 5.

In addition to individuals and families planning private fireworks displays, some communities are planning much bigger celebrations.

Peabody?s festivities

Children?s games, horseshoes, dog show, parade, flea market and more will highlight the 93rd annual Peabody July 4 celebration.

According to Peabody officials, weekend events kick off with a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion, 108 N. Walnut St.

Admission is $5 and everyone must be 21 years old.

For more information, call Preston and Lisa Hodges, 620-983-2970.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, events continue with a horseshoe tournament and a flea market, both in the city park.

For more information about the tournament, call Kristi Silvernale at 620-382-5884.

A coed volleyball tournament and children?s games get underway at 8:30 p.m.

Free swimming at the municipal pool and a Show & Shine Car Show, at the city park, both are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any questions about the car show should be director to Preston Hodges at 620-382-6141,

The Peabody American Legion Dog Show begins at 11 a.m. in Santa Fe Park.

For more information about the dog show, call Myrna Wood at 620-983-2451.

A wee entertainment carnival is from 6 p.m. to midnight, also at the city park.

One of the two major highlights at the annual event is the parade and fireworks, officials said.

Parade participants are asked to line up at Peabody High School, 810 N. Sycamore St., at 4 p.m.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. and will go down Walnut Street. For more information about the parade, call Morgan and Shane Marler.

The fireworks show at the city park begins at dusk.

Admission is $3.

Rounding out the holiday weekend will be a dance featuring the Callahan Band from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The cover charge is $5 and everyone must be 21 years old.

Each year, an official said, the Peabody 4th of July Celebration Society requests donations for the fireworks display. If interested, contact the city office at 620-983-2174.

Ramona?s July 4 schedule

Starting at 7:30 a.m. Friday is the 10K run and at 8 a.m., a 2K fun run is planned.

The cost, according to organizers is $12 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under, which includes a T-shirt.

Anyone planning to participate can still register July 4, but the cost goes up to $15 for adults and $10 for children.

The deadline to receive a T-shirt was June 27.,

Participants will meet at the corner of Fourth and D streets.

Registration forms are available at: and mail to sponsors/coordinators Byron and Julie Noeth, 506 E. First, Ramona, KS 67475, or call 785-258-4086.

After the races, participants and others may want to enjoy a country breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Ramona City Hall.

The breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

Donations from the breakfast go to the July 4 fund. Jeannie Goza is coordinating this event.

Clipping Creations

?Ramona kids 18 and under can compete in teams to paint a 10-foot by 10-foot work of art painted with spray paint using grass as a canvas,? said Jessica Gilbert, organizer.

The event, Clipping Creations, begins at 9 a.m. until noon with first prize at $100, second $50, and third $25, she said.

In previous years, the event was called, ?Lawn Art Contest,? but was changed this year by the youth of Ramona, she said.

For contest rules, call Gilbert at 785-965-7110 or go to: (events).

Fire Benefit Car Show

First, second and third place awards will be determined at the Ramona Fire Benefit Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire house on D Street.

A $15 fee will be split between the winners of the show and the Ramona Fire Department, according to one of the organizers.

Plaques and T-shirts for place winners will also be given and a people?s choice award will be determined.

This event is sponsored by the fire department.

Other events will include 50-50 drawing tickets from noon until 8 p.m. with tickets on sale at the park in the afternoon and the weight room, next to the post office, in the evening.

Concessions will open at noon and continue until 11 p.m.

Brash?s brawts, homemade brats, schnitzel sandwich (breaded pork tenderloin), bierocks (cabbage biscuits), currywurst (German-style hotdogs) and German potato salad will be served.

Other items available include regular hotdogs, barbecued beef, nachos, caramel apple slices, chips and drinks.

Ice cream will also be served.

Some old favorites are returning to include the lawn mower obstacle course and face painting.

More than $600 will be awarded in prizes at the parade beginning at 6 p.m.

Categories include

? Redneck theme, $100, sponsor is 1st Choice Meats of Herington.

? Judges? Choice, $100, with Herington Tri-County Chamber of Commerce sponsoring.

? Floats will be awarded $100, $50, and $25 and this year?s sponsors are Agri Producers and Tampa and Clark Lumber of Herington

? General Entries with awards of $50, $30 and $20. The sponsor is North Central Kansas Co-op of Hope.

? Vehicles to include cars, trucks and tractors with prize money of $50, $30, and $20. Atmos Energy is the sponsor.

? Children (up to age 12): $20, $15, $10, $5 and the sponsor is the Junior Hanschu Family of Ramona.

? Teens 13-19 with prizes of $30, $20, $15, sponsored by Central National Bank of Herington.

Registration is free and begins at 5 p.m. at the city park.

Evening events continue with a tractor pull for children ages 4 through 12, pie-eating contest, nail driving, Tug of the Titans, and more.

The fireworks will begin at about 9:45 p.m. Tampa State Bank

For more event details visit: and on Facebook (Redneck in Ramona), or call Ramona Mayor Byron Noeth at 785-258-4085 or City Clerk Jessica Gilbert at 785-965-7110.


Fireworks are being sold within the city limits, but Hillsboro officials are not planning any structured events for the holiday.

By city ordinance, fireworks can be discharged from 10 a.m. through 11 p.m. July 1, 2, 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday, July 4.

The sale of fireworks will continue through July 5.


Scott Zogelman with the PRIDE committee in Florence said the city has no plans for Friday, July 4, but PRIDE is selling fireworks.

Fireworks will be sold from now until July 5. The hours of operation are from4 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 and 10 a.m. to noon July 5.

?Saturday is a close out sale,? he said.


The city of Goessel is allowing its resident to discharge fireworks from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

In addition, residents can also enjoy their fireworks July 5 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 6.

For a list of what fireworks are not allowed in the city, call 620-367-8111.


The Tampa community isn?t having an organized holiday event, but Carla Hajek, said there will be a couple of softball tournaments there in August.

Other towns

The cities of Marion, Burns, Lost Springs, Lincolnville. and Lehigh also have no community celebration plans, but residents will have private parties, family get-togethers and personal fireworks displays.

Marion County

The Marion County com?missioners have approved the sale and discharge of fireworks in rural areas of the county to continue from Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 5.

Fireworks may be bought and discharged from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and from 8 a.m. to midnight July 4 and 5.

Fireworks may be discharged in Marion County outside city limits, on private property, at Marion County Lake, inside Lakeshore Drive, but not at the reservoir.

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