STATE ROAD — The Mountain Park Ruritan’s Club will host its 42nd annual Fourth of July celebration with all the games, entertainment and food varieties of years past.
The celebration will be held on Saturday at the Community Park located in front of the Mountain Park School. All-day activities are planned for guests of all ages, including wrestling, bouncy houses and pony rides to name a few.
The day begins with a parade starting at Charity Hill Baptist Church and ending at Mountain Park Elementary. Parade line-up will begin at 9 a.m. and participants will plan to leave the church at 10 a.m.
“We have a great group of people,” said event organizer Joyce Andrews. “Everybody does their part to make it run smoothly.”
After the parade, the opening ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. at the amphitheater with the singing of the National Anthem followed by a lineup of singers including Rachel Hinson, Saved By The Cross, and Libby Haynes before the 15-minute break at 12:15 a.m. Each artist will perform a 30-minute set. After the break, the Goins Family will perform followed by Johnny Gentry’s Music Students and a Tribute to the Veterans Homecoming beginning at 2:30 p.m.
There will be games set up on the baseball field that includes such things as sack races and egg tosses. Classic and muscle cars also will be on display on the ball field. There will be numerous civic and church organizations that will be selling food and drinks. Menu items include pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, polish sausages, funnel cakes, baked goods and much more.
At 3 p.m., a kiddie tractor pull is scheduled, followed by a Corn Hole tournament that will begin at 4 p.m.
Karli Bullins is scheduled to perform at 4:30 p.m., followed by Thirteenth Tribe.
At 6 p.m., the event will spotlight the Coco Loco Party Band, originally from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and known for playing a variety of music.
Throughout the day, there will be crafts, bouncy houses, pony rides, kiddie tractor-pull, professional and amateur wrestling, Corn Hole Toss tournament, face painting. The Corn Hole Toss Tournament will be available for two person teams for $20. The winner wins 50 percent of all entry fees collected.
The Ruritan Club will have a $1,000 raffle and various other giveaways. Those interested can purchase tickets ahead of time or at the booth that day. Other groups also will be having raffles.
There will be a canned food drive to help the needy. Organizers ask guests to bring non-perishable food items to help out the less fortunate.
The Mountain Park 40th annual Fourth of July Celebration is sponsored by the Mountain Park Ruritan Club, which is a non-profit organization who raises money throughout the year to be able to put on the all-day event.
This will be Andrews fourth year organizing the event which she says will have a layout similar to last year. “I think it has been successful how it’s been,” said Andrews, who has received positive feedback from past events.
Alcoholic beverages drugs and pets are all prohibited from the event.
According to the Ruritans, they spend numerous workdays throughout the year planning, organizing and maintaining the Community Park for the annual July 4 event and for people to enjoy the park throughout the entire year.
For more information on becoming a member or about the upcoming celebration, call Junior or Joyce Andrews at 336-813-5376 or 336-813-5387; or Bill Nixon at 336-366-0754.