Beach Bash makes splash for fourth year on the 3rd

WORTHINGTON -- It wouldn't be July 4th without July 3rd -- at least not in Worthington. For the fourth consecutive year, Radio Works is sponsoring the July 3rd Beach Bash, a shoreline party at Worthington's Centennial Park to which everyone in th...

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WORTHINGTON - It wouldn’t be July 4th without July 3rd - at least not in Worthington.


For the fourth consecutive year, Radio Works is sponsoring the July 3rd Beach Bash, a shoreline party at Worthington’s Centennial Park to which everyone in the community is welcome.


“Radio Works created it because we realized a lot of people have to work on July 5th,” explained Chad Cummings, vice president and general manager of Radio Works.



“We thought an event like this would bring people to town and get them to stay here for all the fun activities that take place on July 4th, like the Pioneer Village events, the city band concert, the Okabena parade and other family things.”


In its first three years, the Beach Bash has raised over $25,000 for the Lake Okabena Improvement Association (LOIA).


“We do just two things to make money,” said Cummings. “The beer garden, which is open from 4 to 11 p.m., and food.


“The Rock/Nobles Cattlemen grill beef hot dogs and beef burgers, and we serve Plenish chips from the corn and soybean growers, with the food available from 4 to 8 p.m. or until gone.”



Organizers also promote purchases at the Beach Nook, which will be open for the duration of the Beach Bash celebration.


“People can get ice cream and other treats there, and it’s important to support the Beach Nook as well,” said Cummings, noting the Centennial Beach eatery is open throughout the summer months.


One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Beach Bash’s food and beer sales benefit the LOIA, an organization that continually works to improve and revitalize Lake Okabena.


When the city constructs a new building for the Beach Nook in the near future, a space in it will be reserved for storage of rentals such as bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards, Cummings noted.



“The LOIA wants to fund those items, so that’s where the money raised at this year’s Beach Bash is expected to be directed,” said Cummings.


Highlights of the 2018 Beach Bash include:



  • Giant inflatables, kids’ games/events beginning at 3:30 p.m.: “Worthington Christian School and St. Mary’s School are sponsoring those as fundraisers for their schools,” said Cummings. “It will be a huge amount of fun for families with younger kids and offer great entertainment and a means to raise money for those local private schools.”
  • Musical entertainment, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Faydra Lagro and Alex Kiel will open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Now based in Nashville, the duo formerly were popular musicians in the Twin Cities (Lagro was the lead vocalist in the Twin Cities band “Good for Gary” and Kiel played multiple roles in Chris Hawkey’s group).


From 7:30 – 9 p.m., Chris Hawkey will perform.


“Chris has partnered with us from the start, and he’s a great entertainer,” promised Cummings. “He does this to help our community, and Worthington is his July 3rd home.”



  • Fireworks at dusk over Lake Okabena. “Lake Okabena is a huge centerpiece of our community, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy it,” said Cummings. “It benefits everyone - not just those who live on the lake.


“And with the Beach Bash, we’ve made Worthington a go-to destination for July 3rd and 4th.”


For a complete schedule and more information about Beach Bash 2018, visit .

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