Lakeview will have a full slate of events scheduled to celebrate the Fourth of July properly with food, fun, flying, and fireworks.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 4, the Lake County Youth Mentors Program will host Pedal Power Palooza, a parade of festively decorated various non-powered wheeled vehicles of choice, starting at the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 1300 S. G. St. and concluding at the town parking lot at north E and 2nd Streets. All riders will be rewarded with popsicles at the conclusion of the 1.3-mile ride.
After the parade concludes, look up, for the start of the Umpteenth Annual Festival of Free Flight will commence, with hang glider and paraglider pilots taking to the skies from Black Cap for a day of flying. A cumulative cross-country competition will be held during a full day of flights, with additional competitions happening on Saturday, July 5 as well.
The Lake County Fairgrounds open at 4 p.m. with a wide variety of entertainment and refreshments planned during the day. Included among the activities will be a 30-foot slide, bounce house, face-painting and a clown. A dunk tank will begin operating at 4 p.m. with a full slate of victims taking to the tank at fifteen minute intervals planned through 7:30 p.m., including Terry
Guthrie, Abigail Brown, Jen Deidrich, Dan Henderson, Phil McDonald, Mike Patrick, Ulys Stapleton, Dennis Morrill, Ken Kestner, Mark Douglas, June Albertson and Tori Crumrine. One dollar will purchase three balls for achance to dunk somebody.
Plenty of food options will be on site provided by the local VFW and several food carts, and a beer garden for adults will open at 6 p.m. in the Re-Ride Room. Live music will be provided by The Dream Chasers.
At 7 p.m. the regional competition for the 33rd annual Country Showdown presented by KORV 93.5 FM will commence, with the local country music acts competing for a shot at the western regionals with a $100,000 prize and record contract on the line. Tickets for the Country Showdown are $7.50, and include grandstand seating for the fireworks display following the conclusion of the Country Showdown. Tickets are reduced to $5.50 for veterans and seniors, and children under 5 are free.
A grand fireworks display will begin around 9 p.m. following the Country Showdown, presented by Western Fireworks. After the fireworks, live music will continue by the Dream Chasers until 11 p.m.
Proceeds raised from the dunk tank and ticket sales to the Country Showdown will go towards next year’s fireworks display. Entrance to the fairgrounds for the July 4 events is free.
For more information on the Fourth of July events please contact Don Moore at the Lake County Fairgrounds at 541-947-2925 or Tule Chiono at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce at 541-947-6040.
North Lake in full patriotic bloom
A full spectrum of activities are scheduled for the weekend of Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, in Christmas Valley.
For those seeking to start off their day with a quality meal, breakfast burritos will be available starting at 8 a.m. at the Christmas Valley Library.
Also starting at 8 a.m. is an ATV safety course at the Christmas Valley Rodeo Grounds.
At 9 a.m., a yoga class will be offered at the North Lake Health Center.
This year’s traditional parade is scheduled to line-up at 10 a.m. on Park Lane, with the parade commencing at 11 a.m. Its route is Park Lane to Christmas Valley Highway, where it will proceed east before turning north on Christmas Tree Road.
The Christmas Valley Independence Day parade is regularly a highly revered happening with vast community participation each year. Entries include floats, classic vehicles and participants on horseback, among many others.
Following the parade, summer fun aplenty will be available at noon near the Christmas Valley Park and Recreation office. A children’s carnival featuring a water slide, snow cones, strawberry shortcake and a chicken poop pool will all be a part of the action.
At Flowerree Park, there will be a beer garden, food concessions, vendors and a solar demonstration trailer.
Starting at 1 p.m., there will be local musicians performing on stage at the park, along with a 50/50 long putt contest on the putting green at the golf course.
A horseshoes tournament will also be held near the library in the established pit area.
Other scheduled events include a tug-of-war challenge at 2 p.m., a tribute to veterans and the nation at 4:40 p.m. at Flowerree Park and live concerts on the Flowerree Park stage starting at 4 p.m.
The fireworks show will be held at dark over Abert Lake.
Activities on Saturday, July 6, include a golf tournament with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the tee off at 10 a.m. Water slides will be set up near the Christmas Valley Park and Recreation building at 11 a.m.
The annual Demolition Derby will be held at the Christmas Valley Rodeo Grounds starting at 3 p.m. See related story for more information.
On the morning of Sunday, July 6, a breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon at the Christmas Valley community Hall.