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  • Weekend event: Cities plan July 4 festivities

  • Cities across McPherson County have planned special events to celebrate Independence Day. These events include the following.
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  • Cities across McPherson County have planned special events to celebrate Independence Day. These events include the following.
    The celebrations will take place Friday at Wall Park. There will be a live broadcast of patriotic music. There will be an ice cream social at 8:30 p.m. at the west picnic shelter, followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The events are organized by the McPherson Convention & Visitors Bureau and sponsored by Nex-Tech Wireless and NCRA. For more information, call 1-800-324-8022 or visit www.visitmcpherson.com. All events are free.
    Galva’s 22nd Annual Empire Days celebration begins with a worship service at 7 p.m. today at Park Henry. The service includes a potluck dessert with iced tea provided. Worshippers bring lawn chairs, tables and their favorite desserts to this ceremony of praise.
    Friday’s events kick off at 6:30 a.m. July 4 with registration for the Galva Empire Days 5K run/walk, with the run beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Lynn Baldwin ball park. There will also be a 10-and-younger youth race. For more information or to download the registration form, visit the race website at www.galvaempiredays5k.com
    Other festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include walking tacos, crafts, games, patriotic decorated bike contest, pedal pull and face painting. At 5 p.m., evening activities begin with a barbecue cookout and dessert, raffle prize drawings and fireworks at the ball park on North Main Street, followed by a street dance featuring Lucky Se7en DJ Service.
    Cost and location varies by event.
    Food will be served beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the Swensson Park bandshell in the 400 block of North Main Street. The Lindsborg Lions Club will serve burgers and hot dogs, or patrons can bring a picnic meal. Bleacher seating is available. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets if they wish.
    At 6 p.m., the program begins with a preview of “Oliver!” from Broadway RFD. Other performers include Dala Camerata, Jeanne Lucas, Morgan Roets, Salute to the Armed Forces Quartet, Smoky Valley Wildfires, Trash Can Band and the Lindsborg Community Band under the direction of Doug Talbott, Tom Holmquist and Bill Olson.
    All events are free.
    Inman’s celebration will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Inman High School ball fields on the east side of the school.
    Home run derby registration is at 3 p.m., and the derby begins at 4 p.m and goes until the last hitter. Cost is $5 for 10 swings. The competition is divided by age groups, and winners will receive a medal.
    Page 2 of 2 - The dads versus kids water fight begins at 6:30 p.m. No water balloons are allowed. Competitors should bring their own water fight material of choice. The family dressed most patriotically wins a prize.
    Hot dog feed is at 7 p.m. at a cost of $5 per meal, and fireworks will go off at dark.
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