Family fun for the 4th


Children enjoy playing on the blowup bouncy slides and obstacle course while parents watch during last year's Alva Rotary 4th of July cleebration in Hatfield Park.

Morning to night fun for the family is scheduled Wednesday in Alva's Hatfield Park. Through the combined efforts of the sponsoring Alva Rotary Club with help from the Alva Tourism Committee and sponsorships by area donors, a large group of volunteers has organized a fun-filled day.

The all-day free activities begin at 8 a.m. with the start of the 4K run.

Then head to the north end of the park where a fishing derby will be held at the park pond. Various age groups can fish for fun, fame and prizes.

About 10 a.m. the inflatables will be available for free fun with plenty of sliding and bouncing. Throughout the day there will be free rides in the trackless train, a chance to interact with exotic animals from The Menagerie at the petting zoo, and the frozen delight of snow cones. Collect raffle tickets at each event during the day for the 9 p.m. prize drawing.

A free pizza lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the pavilion at the south end of the park.

Then it's time to cool off with free swimming and water games at the municipal swimming pool on the east side of the park. The pool will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

When the pool closes at 5 p.m., everyone can move on to classic 4th of July games like the turtle races. Another free meal will be provided from 6 to 8 p.m.

Look to the skies at 7 p.m. for a fly over tribute to Cory Washburn, who lost his life in a tragic aircraft accident. His fellow Rotarians miss his help with the July 4th activities including the fireworks display.

At 8 p.m. there will be a treasure hunt in front of the gazebo at the park. The raffle winners will be drawn at 9 p.m.

The finale of the day will be the huge 54th annual fireworks spectacular. The combination of ground displays and aerials results in a stunning show. Remember to bring lawn chairs and blankets for your viewing comfort.


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