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Aqua Jays to host festival on Fourth of July

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Shelly Birkelo
June 29, 2014

JANESVILLE--Live musical entertainment returns to Independence Day on the Rock festivities.

The Janesville Idol singing contest and raffle have been dropped.

Mo's TAASBAG Sports Bar & Grill will sponsor the band Killer Cars, which will perform in the beer tent after the Rock Aqua Jays ski show until the fireworks and after the fireworks until the beer tent closes, said Josh Fox, event chairman.

"We didn't have live music last year. Idol was dropped due to lack of interest, and we're not doing the raffle due to lack of time and sponsorship," he said.

Those who attend this year's event starting at 3 p.m., which is coordinated and hosted by the Aqua Jays, you'll find plenty of activities--mostly for free--for the entire family, Fox said.

They include:

-- 3 p.m.--Anything that Floats Race registration at the Traxler Park boat launch. Entries must be manpowered and handmade. Prizes will be awarded for the first three entries to cross the finish line. Specialty prizes will be awarded, including best decorated. The Brick Award will go to the entry that sinks the fastest.

-- 3:30 p.m.--Anything that Floats Race starts.

-- 3 to 8 p.m.--Inflatable bounce houses for children for a nominal fee.

-- 3 to 10 p.m.--Food fair and beer tent.

-- 7 p.m.--Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show.

-- Dusk--Fireworks by Melrose Pyrotechnics, Kingsbury, Indiana. The display, at a cost of $15,000, will be the same as last year as far as length and the finale.

Total cost of the event and fireworks will be about $20,000. About $16,000 has been raised, including a $1,000 grant from the Community Enhancement Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. Blain's Farm & Fleet is title sponsor of the event.

Those who attend should expect a "family- friendly atmosphere where there is not a lot of cost involved," Fox said.

"The Fourth of July is all about family. If everything is all in one place, then they don't have to drive anyplace else. It's all here (at Traxler Park)," he said.



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