Fourth of July fun abounds in Evart

EVART — Fireworks, fun, music and fitness will revolve around Independence Day in Evart this year. The festivities and celebrations begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, with a Super Kicker Rodeo. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 5 and younger. That evening, starting at 7 p.m., free live music will be provided by the 33rd Street Band as part of the Downtown Development Authority's free summer concert series known as Musicale. The group will perform a selection of classic rock hits from the '60s and '70s in front of the grandstand at the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds.

"They're a great band and a great crowd pleaser," said Evart DDA Director Al Weinberg. "They're a rocking band with a horn section."

At dusk, fireworks of all colors, shapes and sizes will light up the night sky for the delight of all residents and visitors at the fairgrounds. Attendees can bring lawn chairs or choose to sit on the bleachers under the grandstand. The show will last about 30 to 40 minutes and is hosted by the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce.

"They're the best in the state," said chamber board member Connie Douglas.

The excitement continues on Friday, July 4, first with the annual Fourth of July 5K Walk/Run. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Evart High School, follows a selected route through the city and ends back at the high school. Pre-registration is $20 for adults, and $10 for students through 12th grade. A tshirt and goodie bags are included in the price.

"Each year we try to make it bigger and better than the year before," said organizer and Evart Public Schools track coach Ken Willems. "We'd like to hit 400 or more this year."

Proceeds from the run/walk will benefit the school district's cross country program and its field-trip fund.

Another event not to be missed is the Independence Day parade, which will start at 11 a.m. and travel down Main Street. Attendees can line the streets and view floats, the school marching band and more. Those interested in entering the parade must preregister by calling Jan Booher at (231) 734-6585.

Finally, the annual Party in the Park event will last from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverside Park, located along the southeast corner of the city. A dunk tank, live music from Vintage Tone, a mechanical bull, pony rides, bounce houses, a Slip-N-Slide and river duck race are only some of the attractions the party will feature.

Food items, including cotton candy and a chicken dinner hosted by the Evart Lions Club, also will be available for a low cost.