For the second year in a row, a group of Vader families have organized a community Fourth of July celebration, with several more events this year, and a lot more fireworks.
Scheduled to begin Friday afternoon in front of the Post Office, this year will feature a parade, kids’ games, live entertainment, and fireworks to be set off at dusk.
"Everything has come together as we had anticipated this year," said organizer Judy Costello, stating many community groups such as the Mason’s Lodge, The Vader Citizens League (VCL) and the Park Board have come together to help with the event. "I’m really excited."
The evening will begin at 4 p.m. with a lawnmower parade, which Costello said she hopes will see around 25 participants turning out.
"We will need as many lawnmowers as possible," she said. "So, any of you who have mowers and have not volunteered to bring your mower with you to the parade, please do so."
Afterward the games will begin, including a watermelon bust hosted by Mayor Ken Smith to include a seed-spitting contest, among other competitions.
Smith said he considers the festival "outstanding," not only because of what it celebrates, but also because "it is genuinely a grass-roots community-driven event."
Food will also be sold by the Masons and VCL, including hotdogs, hamburgers, and, word has it, strawberry shortcake.
Those who just want to get to the playing will have bounce houses provided by The Hop Shop, while kids’ games and activities will be going on care of Linda Smith, including sack races, an egg toss and a hay scramble.
Live entertainment will also be provided by The Randy Band, who will be performing from 5 to 9 p.m. and featuring covers of your favorite classic rock hits.
"What I’m probably the most excited about is the young eight-year-old that’s going to be singing the national anthem for us," said Costello, stating this last performance will begin at dusk and precedes the fireworks display. "I’m really excited about that, because she’s just a sweet young lady."
The celebration will end when the fireworks have all been lit, then cleanup and preparations for next year will begin. To learn more about this event, call Costello at (360) 295-3036.