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Hope’s town square will be the center of a family-friendly evening of entertainment Friday when residents gather for the Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration.
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include food, music, games and activities.
“Our intention is to have an old-fashioned town party,” said Shirley Robertson, Hope clerk-treasurer and one of the event coordinators.
The event is organized around Independence Day but is staged the weekend before the holiday.
“We traditionally have it on a Friday night the weekend before the Fourth of July,” Robertson said. “We try to not conflict with the other big events going on.”
In the past, the event has ended with a fireworks show, but unless a good amount of rain falls in the days before the celebration, the fireworks likely will be canceled because of the dry conditions.
The evening, which lasts until dark, will include a children’s parade with youngsters in decorated wagons and riding on decorated bicycles, pony rides, Tilly the Fire Engine from the Columbus Fire Department, a chalk-drawing contest and children’s rides.
A fish fry, barbecue, ice cream floats and apple pie contest will provide much of the food for the evening. Singers and bands will perform in the bandstand.
Robertson said the turnout always is good as family and friends mingle for the “old-fashioned Fourth of July fun.”
“We’ve been more than pleased with the increase in attendance every year,” she said.
If you go
WHAT: Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. until dark Friday
WHERE: Around the town square in Hope
ACTIVITIES: Pony rides, children’s parade, music, chalk-drawing contest, apple pie contest and other family-friendly activities
COST: Free except for food
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