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Party in the Park Saturday

SOUTH POINT — The Fourth of July weekend is a big weekend in American communities in each of the 50 states.

The People for the Point, a local civic organization, is trying to help the Village of South Point take it to the next level with an all-day celebration called Party in the Park on Saturday, July 5.

“It gets started that morning at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K race,” Chris Smith, PTP member said. “The race is called the Red, White, and Blue Powder run and racers will be hit with a mix of red and blue powder as they run.”

The race will finish at the South Point Park down at the riverfront where the “party” starts at 10 a.m. with craft and food vendors as well as inflatables and games for children.

“We probably have 18 or 19 food vendors signed up to provide concessions for the event,” Smith said. “Plus the inflatables and games will be going on throughout the entire day.”

A car show, cornhole tournament, dog show and hot dog eating contest will all also take place during the event while live musical performances will begin at noon. Headlining the musical aspect of Party in the Park is Rick Huckaby. Huckaby is the son of former Marshall University basketball coach Rick Huckaby Sr.

“We feel like we have a pretty good event lined up,” Smith said. “The whole purpose is to bring people back into the community and get them involved again while also raising some money that can be put back into South Point.”

A 12-minute long firework show will close the event at 10 p.m.

A full schedule of events is available

• Red, White, and Blue Powder 5K — 8:30 a.m.- 10 a.m. anyone interested in running can register the day of the race. Cost is $25.

• 10 a.m. — vendors and inflatables are open to the public at the South Point Park.

• Noon — The South Point High School soccer team is hosting a cornhole tournament as a fundraiser to afford new uniforms. Entry into the tournament is $20 per team and the winning team will receive $100.

• A car show will be held from noon-4 p.m. in front of the South Point village building. Registration for the show begins at 9 a.m. and the cost is $6.

• Also at noon a hot dog eating contest will take place. The contest is limited to 10 male and 10 female entries. The Snack Shack is providing the hot dogs. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

• Against the Grain will be the first musical act to take the stage. The band will play from noon until 1:30 p.m.

• 2 p.m. — Puppy Styles and Travel Doctors will sponsor a patriotic dog contest as well as an owner/dog look a like contest. Winners will be awarded a free Snowshoe ski package for the patriotic contest and $100 for the look a like contest.

• Southern Thunder will perform from 2-3:30 p.m.

• 5 p.m. — Batman along with a surprise superhero guest from Hereos 4 Higher will be on hand for a meet and greet and autograph session with children.

• 6 p.m. — The Joe Freeman Band will hit the stage and perform until 8 p.m.

• 9 p.m. — Headliner Rick Huckaby will take the stage. Huckaby is a frequent performer in Nashville, Tenn. And wrote the 2008 hit song “Muddy Water” which was performed by Trace Adkins.

• 10 p.m.- Firework show begins.