WHEELWRIGHT – Officials with the city of Wheelwright has one big change in plan for their Fourth of July festivities, said city clerk Robert Johnson.
“We’re not having fireworks,” Johnson said Monday morning.
But there’s no need to get concerned, added Johnson, it was simply a matter of logic.
“Well, we decided that since there was going to be a fireworks display at both Minnie and Weeksbury, the city would use the money to put in some extra events here in city limits. That way, people would be able to enjoy more things to do here and only have a five mile drive either way to go to see fireworks after that.”
The fireworks at Minnie will be held at Minnie Park at begin at dark, while Weeksbury will begin at about the same time at take place at Weeksbury Park. The Left Beaver Fire Department is overseeing the display at Minnie and the Southeast Fire Department will be handling the fireworks at Weeksbury.
In Wheelwright, the events on tap for the celebration range from the usual all you can eat free barbeque dinner to live music throughout the day.
Beginning at 8 a.m. and going through until about 8 p.m., Johnson said the city will host a barbeque dinner with locations at the park near the Wheelwright Swimming Pool and another situated near city hall. In addition, live music will be offered at the swimming pool park, with a twist.
“We’re going to let anybody who wants to come up and play go ahead and do that,” said Johnson. “We’ll do all the setting up the equipment for them and all they have to do is bring their instruments.”
In the past, the city has offered similar activities such as karaoke for residents and visitors alike.
In addition to these activities, the full schedule for the city of Wheelwright will include carnival games at the park near the swimming pool beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m., a city yard sale requiring no permit of those taking part that goes from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., a car show slated for 2 p.m. at city hall, and a cornhole tournament hosted by the Easter Star Wheelwright chapter of the Masons. Those wishing to take place in the tournament will be asked to pay a $10 initial buy-in with the chance at to buy back in one time if eliminated at a cost of $10.
For more information about Wheelwright’s plans for the Fourth of July, contact city officials at (606) 452-4202.