Bang-up events ahead

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By Alice Du Pont

There will be no shortage of things to do this Fourth of July in Gadsden County. While the holiday falls in the middle of the work week, event planners are not letting that spoil the fun.

• In Chattahoochee, make your way to the River Landing just before dark and wait for the Fireworks Extravaganza to begin around “dark-thirty” (that’s 30 minutes after nightfall). City Manager Lee Garner promises it will be a night to remember. There will be free watermelon slices, but if you want a sno-cone, it will cost you.

• The Greensboro Kiwanis Club will begin its Independence Day celebration at 9 a.m. at Town Hall with games and contests for children. The little ones will have the opportunity to show off their skills for sniffing out coins, diving into bales of hay in an effort to find as many pennies as they can before time is up. All that will be followed by bicycles races, sack races and a spirited tug-of-war competition. Need nourishment? There will be a watermelon eating contest and a Moon Pie-eating contest — and that’s just the first part of the day. Everything stops at 1 p.m. and everyone is expected back at the football field where the fun starts up again at 7 p.m. with the Stew Parsons band getting things going. The Citizen of the Year will be named and the Yard of the Year will be recognized. A guest speaker will precede performing skydivers and the evening will end with a spectacular fireworks show. For information, contact Kiwanis Club member Bill Willis at 545-6941. 

• The West Gadsden Historical Society in Greensboro will hold an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dezell House in downtown Greensboro. Feel free to browse through the rooms, examine artifacts and get a close-up look at many items used in the past by people who lived in Gadsden County. At 10 a.m. the Woodmen of the World will present the American Flag to the historical society at the historic train depot. Coastal Seafood will be on hand with mouth-watering seafood offerings for sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a bake sale on the grounds of the Dezell House. For information, call Patricia Vice at 442-4041. 

• Midway is planning a big event at the nearly completed new fire station at 1535 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (old High Bridge Road) starting at 4 p.m. City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. said the “Little Festival” will feature rides and games for children and free hot dogs and cold drinks for everyone. The evening will end with a fireworks display. 

• In Quincy, the Third Annual Horseshoe Tournament begins at 10 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m. There is a $10 registration fee per team in this double-elimination event. First-place winners will earn $500, second place is $250 and third place is $125. The children can enjoy the waterslide and bouncy house throughout the day. For those who don’t want to cook or barbecue at home, vendors will have treats for sale. Live entertainment from The Way Band starts at 6 p.m. with the fireworks show beginning at 9:45. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs; pop-up tents are welcomed. All activities will be at the Leisure Park at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Atlanta Street. For information, contact Quincy Parks and Recreation Department at 618-0042, ext. 8205. 

City managers in Havana and Gretna say their cities have no plans for special events on July 4th.