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Fourth of July events scheduled in regional communities

WORTHINGTON -- Independence Day -- the Fourth of July -- will be celebrated throughout the region with a variety of town celebrations and activities.

In Worthington, fireworks are scheduled for dusk Monday over Lake Okabena. The display is sponsored by the city of Worthington and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Other celebrations include:


Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon will get the holiday weekend started early with its Independence Day Celebration tonight.

The food stand opens at 5:30 p.m., and patriots can enjoy a grilled brat or a pork burger meal. Support to the food stand is appreciated as the proceeds help make the rest of the night possible.

For youngsters, there will be a petting zoo, carnival games, kiddie train, water wars, ferris wheel, jumping castle, firetruck rides, balloon artist and saddle horse rides.

Marcoux Corner, an a cappella quartet from Minneapolis, will take the outdoor stage at 7 p.m. today.

A fireworks display will light up the Sheldon sky after dusk.


Okabena's annual Fourth celebration actually begins on the Third -- Sunday. Starting at 5 p.m., the annual pork chop feed will feature boneless pork chops, potato salad, baked beans and lemonade. The event is sponsored by the Heron Lake Ambulance and Fire Department. Ice cream and strawberries will be served for dessert.

Also beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, singer-songwriter Chad Elliot will perform a variety of roots, blues and folk music. A street dance is set to start at 8:30 p.m., and along with the beer garden will last until midnight.

On Monday, the Kiddie Pedal Pull is scheduled for noon, and the kiddie parade at 2:15 p.m. The main event, the Independence Parade, will step off at 2:30 p.m.

Other Monday events include a patriotic program at the American Legion; an antique tractor display; ice cream social; entertainment; slowest tractor race at 5 p.m.; bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the Legion; and the July Fourth Talent show, hosted by Stuart Schumacher, at 6:30 p.m.

Kraft Variety will perform at 7 p.m. in the park. Fireworks will signal the end of the community's festival.

George, Iowa

Things start flying Sunday in George with a beanbag tournament scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Interested competitors should call Emily Denekas, (712) 348-0829 to register.

Monday events include: 8 a.m., Fun Run; 9 a.m., Firemen's Duck Races; 10 a.m., crowning of Miss George and Little Miss George; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., hog roast fundraiser for George Good Samaritan Society; 1 p.m. parade; 2:30 to 8 p.m., game stands open; 3 p.m., antique tractor pull; 6:30 p.m., entertainment by Lubas and Ezra; 8 p.m., pie auction; 9:30 p.m. fireworks.


Currie will also kick off its celebration with a beanbag tournament, commencing at 6:30 p.m. today.

Other competitions are also planned throughout the weekend, with softball beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and continuing through Sunday; sand volleyball at 1 p.m. Sunday; and horseshoe tournaments all day Monday.

The most highly anticipated contest is Currie's duck race. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, 1,000 ducks will be dropped into the river at the north side bridge. Currie's Town & Country Club has been selling raffle tickets corresponding to each duck. The first duck to reach the Des Moines Bridge earns bragging rights, while the person who had the duck's number gets a cash prize.

Ducks and bean bags aside, there's plenty more to experience in Currie this weekend. A waffle feed will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall; a street dance with music by Side Effects will be Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Burgers and hot dogs will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday as a membership drive for the Town & Country Club. On Saturday afternoon, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a waffle feed at the town's firehouse.

Completing the celebration in traditional fashion, fireworks rattle off at dusk Monday.