Village gears up for 2nd July 4 party

Published 10:19 am Thursday, June 18, 2015

SOUTH POINT— Activities will be going on all day at South Point Community Park Saturday, July 4 as People for the Point gear up to host its second Fourth of July Party in the Park.

“Last year it was bigger than we ever imagined,” Chris Smith, president of People for the Point, said. “For our first one we were surprised at the turnout. We’re excited about getting the community involved.”

The Run, White and Blue Powder 5K race will start the day off from the riverfront picnic shelter at 8:30 a.m. To register for the 5K, go to www.tristateracer.com. Other activities that will be available are a kids Olympics with various competitions at 10 a.m. in the kids’zone, a patriotic and lookalike dog show in the gazebo at 11 a.m. with a first, second and third place winner and a $100 prize for both categories, a car show from noon-4 p.m., a Snak Shak hot dog eating contest at 3:30 p.m. in the gazebo, Batman and friends from 5-7 p.m. in the kids’ zone and fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

Live music on the main stage will be Eli Lucas at 9 a.m., Noah Frazee at 10 a.m., TT and Joey Notes at 11:45 a.m., The Whipps at 1:45 p.m., Barry Frazee and the Double Yellow Line Band at 4 p.m., the Joe Freeman Band at 6:15 p.m. and 2014 contestant on The Voice, Cody Wickline headlining at 8:30 p.m.

“We try to keep it family-oriented with no alcohol. Just good clean fun for the kids and their families,” Smith said. “We’re hoping for a good turnout and good weather. It’s a good community event that they can get involved in.”

Smith said some professional concessions will be there, but most of the concessions will be provided by local church and civic groups so that they can get a fundraiser out of it as well.

The event is free to the public, although it is $7 to enter a car or motorcycle into the car show. Registration for the car show will be from 9 a.m.-noon and trophies, plaques and cash prizes will be awarded to winners. The hot dog eating contest is $5 to enter with the winner receiving a WWE style championship belt.

Party in the Park sponsors include Pyro-Chem, A and L Home Health Care, Superior Marine Inc., Marathon, the village of South Point, Armstrong Cable Company, Casa Grande, Mike Enyart and Sons, Quality Care Nursing Services, McGinnis Inc., South Point Wal-Mart, Harless Towing, Allman’s Body Shop, Giovanni’s, Big Sandy Superstore, South Point Storage, Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, Elite Body Shop, Citizens Deposit Bank, Great Lakes Minerals, Charlie’s Tire Sales, Big G, State Representative Ryan Smith, Collins Career Center, Kincaid Micro, McMeans Pharmacy, Stephens and Son Insurance, Village Floor Covering, Big Blue Properties, Mike Finley, Southern Ohio Sports Photos, Scott’s Barbershop and U.S. Bank.

“Without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” Smith said. “It’s open to everybody and we encourage everybody to come down.”