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Area communities to be busy on Fourth

CURRIE — With Independence Day on Friday and pride in our country at a yearly high, local towns and communities are throwing celebrations of their own, with such all-American things as softball tournaments, duck races and, of course, fireworks.

Currie is one town that routinely puts on a celebration every year.

“It’s a very big deal to us,” Currie City Clerk Lynn Nicks said. “The Currie Town and Country Boosters work very hard on it, and our American Legion co-sponsors the fireworks.”

People from around the area flock to Currie to partake in the festivities.

“It’s a very nice event,” Nicks said. “A lot of people come from all around, and I think in Murray County we are the only one.”

The full schedule of events in Currie are as follows:

Today: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Hicktown Mafia street dance.

Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Fourth of July picnic and membership drive; volleyball tournament at City Park (contact Aaron Larson, (507) 530-2411), annual softball tournament at ballpark with concessions on-site and profits to go toward Currie Relay for Life Team (contact Perry McNeil at 507-530-2411); bean bag tournament at City Park; duck races with cash prizes; and inflatable bounce houses for kids.

Okabena The community of Okabena also hosts an extravaganza every Fourth of July. Its festival prides itself on great food, a top-notch fireworks display, parades and lots of fun games and activities.

The ever-popular kiddie pedal pull will happen yet again in the southwest part of City Park. For food, the Okabena American Legion will have its food stand with a wide range of treats available.

An ice cream social will also take place after the 2:30 p.m. Independence Parade. The big fireworks display will occur after dark, around 10 p.m., with a raffle drawing afterward.

The full schedule of events in Okabena is as follows:

Friday: Noon — Kiddie Pedal Pull; 2:15 p.m. — Kiddie Parade; 2:30 p.m. — Independence Parade; 4 p.m.-- Patriotic program at American Legion, antique tractor display and ice cream social at St. John’s Park (after parade until gone); 5 p.m. — Slowest tractor contest; 10 p.m.: Fireworks, and raffle drawings afterward.

George, Iowa In this northwest Iowa community, Freedom Days will be in full swing starting Friday. The three-day celebration includes a wide range of activities from parades to fireworks and even a pie auction.

The full schedule of events in George is as follows:

Friday: 9 to 10:30 a.m. — Betterment Club fishing tournament at Locker Park; 2 to 4 p.m. — George Museum open; 5:30 p.m. — Pedal tractor at the Old Park; 7:30 p.m. — Miss George and Little Miss George Pageant; 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Betterment Club street dance featuring The Dweebs.

Saturday: 8 a.m. — 5K Fun Run and Walk at the George Recreational Trail; 9 a.m. — George Firefighters /GEMS Duck Races; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — George Museum open; 10 a.m. — Freedom Rock and train depot dedication at Locker Park; 11 a.m. — Antique tractor pull (registration by county shed); 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Town and Country 4-H lunch fundraiser at George Community Room; 11:30 a.m. — Parade; 12:30 p.m. — Antique tractor pull; 2 p.m. — Sidewalk chalk art contest at George-Little Rock School grounds; 2 to 6 p.m. — Vendor Fair at G-LR School grounds; 2 to 8 p.m. — Game stands and inflatables open; 6 to 6:30 p.m. — Pie auction fundraiser, part 1; 7:15 to 8 p.m. — Senn Men at the G-LR School grounds; 8 to 8:30 p.m. — Pie auction fundraiser, part 2; 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Senn Men at the G-LR School Grounds; 9:30 p.m. — Fireworks at the G-LR School grounds.

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.-- George Chamber of Commerce Dad’s Belgian waffle breakfast at the George Elementary Multipurpose Roo; 2 to 4 p.m. — George Museum open.

Worthington In Worthington, the “Amazing” Worthington City Band will perform its annual free lakeside concert Friday at the bandshell in Chautauqua Park. An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration will occur at Pioneer Village, with activities ranging from “meller-dramas” to hymn sing-a-longs, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

The City of Worthington and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the fireworks on the Fourth of July. The fireworks will begin at dusk Friday over Lake Okabena. Centennial Park will be closed at 2 p.m. in order to set up the fireworks. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Saturday.