Last updated: June 24. 2014 3:12PM - 846 Views
By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

Celebrating July 4th in 2013 are, from left, Daryl Barker, Tonya Barker, Ralph Williams with Mountain Park Ruritan Club. Tonya Barker won the $1,000 cash raffle in 2013.
Celebrating July 4th in 2013 are, from left, Daryl Barker, Tonya Barker, Ralph Williams with Mountain Park Ruritan Club. Tonya Barker won the $1,000 cash raffle in 2013.
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STATE ROAD — A local fireworks celebration is turning 40.

Mountain Park Ruritan Club’s annual 4th of July Celebration is preparing for its 40th year. The celebration will be held on Friday the 4th at the Community Park located in front of Mountain Park School. There will be all-day festivities for all ages.

“We’re excited and are getting ready… The day begins with a parade starting at Charity Hill Baptist Church and ending at Mountain Park Elementary,” said volunteer Arlene Snow of the Mountain Park Ruritan Club. The parade line-up starts at 9 a.m. and participants will leave the church at 10 a.m.

“It really takes a great team. I’m just so happy about what the event means to the people. We have seen through the years that people from all over make their way to spend the entire day with us,” said Snow.

Following the parade, there will be games set up on the baseball field including things such 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. The Ruritan’s booth will be selling pizza from Pizza Hut.

Music will begin at 11 a.m. at the amphitheater with the singing of the National Anthem. There will be various groups scheduled to perform in half hour intervals until 4 p.m. when there will be a tribute to the veterans, homecoming recognition of classes and firefighters/squad members awards.

At 5 p.m., the band Thirteenth Tribe will perform. Then at 6 p.m., the event spotlight band Big Daddy Love will take the stage. According to Snow, the band plays a wide range of music from country, rock and roll, to beach.

“They will perform until 9:30 p.m. when the awesome fireworks display is scheduled to begin. The Ruritan’s fireworks display is really something to behold with massive bursts of sound and color,” said Snow. “Its located in the back field away from everyone for safety, but like last year people will gaze up at the fireworks.”

Throughout the day, there will be crafts, bouncy houses (4 to 8 p.m.), pony rides, kiddie train rides, kiddie tractor-pull (3 p.m.), professional and amateur wrestling, Corn Hole Toss tournament (1 p.m.), 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 4th 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.

According to the Ruritans, they spend numerous workdays throughout the year planning, organizing and maintaining the Community Park for the annual 4th event and for people to enjoy the park throughout the entire year.

They hold their club meetings every third Thursday of each month and welcome anyone wishing to join their group and help the community. For more information on becoming a member or about the 4th, call Junior or Joyce Andrews at 336-813-5376 or 336-813-5387; or Bill Nixon at 336-366-0754.

Ruritan members are: Junior and Joyce Andrews; Luke Andrews; Jim Hammond; Phil Harris; Harold and Elizabeth Hubbard; Bill and Stella Nixon; Arlene Snow; Joe and Melissa Snow; Leo Weller; Chris and Laura Willingham; Ralph and Peggy Williams; and Linda Wood.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-366-4440 or on Twitter @newsgonz.

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