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Schedules set for area Fourth of July festivities

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Gazette Staff
June 28, 2010

More than fireworks will punctuate the Independence Day celebrations in Rock and Walworth counties. Festivals start as early as Thursday. Parades, music and food will abound, with many activities running through Sunday.


Here’s a list of some of the fun.


Beloit

The Beloit-Janesville Symphony performs Pops on the Rock, the symphony’s annual patriotic pops concert.


The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at the Harry Moore Pavilion.


Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food is available for sale. Admission is free. The concert starts at 7:30 followed by fireworks. For more information, call (608) 365-4838.


A beanbag tournament will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at Riverside Park. The cost is $10 per team. This is the second annual event.


Bloomfield Township

A parade begins at noon Sunday at the intersection of Lake Shore, Orchid and Thistle drives and proceeds to the Bloomfield Town Hall, 1100 Town Hall Road. Food and games will be available at the town hall after the parade. Fireworks are at dusk.


Brodhead

A parade begins at noon Sunday at 11th Street on West 3rd Avenue and ends at County E. Fireworks are at dusk on the south end of the city—East 3rd Avenue behind McDonalds.


The Twilight in the Park series features Lou and Peter Berryman, guitar and accordion, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Veterans Memorial Park, 1st Center Avenue and 12th Street.


Delavan

The eighth annual “Let Freedom Ring” celebration starts with a parade to Veterans Park at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Events will take place at the park all day including live music, food, games, fishing and canoeing. Fireworks will start at dusk.


For more information, call the parks and recreation department at (262) 728-5585, Ext. 132, or Parade Marshal Ron Siedelmann at (262) 728-2985.


Town of Delavan

Independence Day celebration is July 3, at the Town of Delavan Community Park, Wisconsin Highway 50 and South Shore Drive in Delavan. Bingo from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; live music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and food by the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club. Fireworks at dusk.


East Troy

The annual 4th of July Celebration, sponsored by the East Troy Lions Club, is Thursday to Sunday. The celebration features food, a midway and live music, as well as a car show and truck and tractor pulls.


A softball tournament is at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rossmiller Sports Complex. A children’s parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Amusement Park. Fireworks are at dusk.


A parade, sponsored by the East Troy Lions Club, begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at East Troy High School, 3128 Graydon Ave., and proceeds east, around the village and back.


Go to theetbt.com for a complete schedule of activities.


Edgerton

Edgerton Lions July 4th Celebration, Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, at Edgerton’s Historic Race Track Park. Food, refreshments and events all day, with evening entertainment.


Saturday: A truck pull at noon, followed by live music and family entertainment from 7 to 11 p.m.


Sunday: Horse puller breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., followed by a sanctioned horse pulling event, Lions Club car show and a horseshoe tournament, all at 10 a.m., home talent baseball game at 1 p.m., live bands and family entertainment from 7 p.m. to midnight, and fireworks at dusk.


Elkhorn

The annual Star Spangled Celebration is Friday at Sunset Park. The celebration features food, carnival games and music.


The Holton Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks are at dusk.


Evansville

The annual Fourth of July celebration runs Thursday through Sunday at Lake Leota Park.


Thursday: The celebration starts with a co-ed softball tournament Thursday that runs through the weekend. The festival tent opens at 5 p.m., and the Blue Olives will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. Fireworks are at dusk.


Friday: The festival tent opens at 6 p.m., and the annual ice cream social at the Eager Free Public Library will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the library, 39 W. Main St. Country band Crossfire will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.


Saturday: The day’s events include a car show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., historic trolley tours from noon to 5 p.m., kids activities from noon to 4 p.m., a garden tractor pull from 1 to 4 p.m., a euchre tournament from noon to 3 p.m. and the festival tent is open from noon to midnight. The Jimmys will perform from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and The Blooze Brothers will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5 for 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday only.


Sunday: The day includes the Aunt Leota Grove Chase Fun Run at 8 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m., kids activities from noon to 4 p.m., Lion’s chicken BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., an open house at the Baker Building from noon to 5 p.m., a ducky derby at 1 p.m., lunker lob from 1 to 5 p.m., Evansville Community Theater’s “Oklahoma!” presentation from 2:45 to 3 p.m., Home Talent Baseball at 6 p.m., and the festival tent is open from noon to midnight. Evansville Idol Karaoke is from 1 to 5 p.m. and Westside Andy and the Mel Ford Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Fireworks are at dusk.


Go to evansvillewi.net for a complete schedule of activities, or call (608) 882-0598 for more information.


Fontana

The first-ever Fontana Fourth Fest is Saturday and Sunday in Reid Park. The festival features food, a battle of the bands competition and an arts and crafts fair.


The battle of the bands competition is from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The arts and crafts fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fireworks are at dusk Sunday.


Janesville

Wednesday: “A Patriotic Concert” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rock Prairie Presbyterian Church, 8605 E. County A. The hour-long program includes patriotic songs and a salute to members of the armed forces. Pie and beverages will follow. The event is free.


Saturday:


-- Rock Roll ‘n’ Run Sprint Triathlon starts at 7 a.m. at Traxler Park. A half-mile swim in the Rock River will be followed by a bike ride of 14 miles and a 5K run through downtown Janesville. Registration before Thursday is mandatory.


-- Friends of Riverside Park and city leisure services will host “Saturday in the Park” at Riverside Park from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the area of the pool and north pavilion. Children will enjoy the new playground equipment and a bounce house. The pool will be open, too. Knapton Musik Knotes will perform at 11 a.m., a family bike/pet parade is at 1 p.m., treasure hunt for kids is at 1:30 p.m., family pickup baseball games at 2 p.m., the Blue Velvet Senior Citizens Band will provide music. The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile will make an appearance, too. Refreshments available for purchase from Matt’s Deli Dog House and Rollin’ Pin.


-- Redneck Fest begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at 404 S. Walnut St. Admission is free. Events include daylong music, comedians, and vehicles crashing into each other and through a mud pit. For more information, go to redneckfestjvl.com


-- The 24th annual Concert in the Park by the Beloit Janesville Symphony starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rock County Courthouse, 51 S. Main St., Janesville. The event is free, and grilled hamburgers and brats, beans, coleslaw and brownies will be available for $6.50 per meal or at a la carte prices. Pieces to be performed include “The Armed Forces Salute,” “Overture to Candide,” “Under the Double Eagle,” an Irving Berlin medley, “The Thunderer March,” “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “The Call,” “Lincoln Portrait,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “1812 Overture.”


Sunday: Independence Day on the Rock organized by the Rock Aqua Jays starts at 9 a.m. at Traxler Park. A water-ski show starts at 7 p.m. and will run until 9. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Other events during the day include the “Anything That Floats” race at 1 p.m., kids fishing derby from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., garden tractor pull from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., beer and food vendors from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., arts and crafts fair and inflatable obstacle course from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., community expo of local organizations from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


Lake Geneva

The Firecracker 5K fun run/walk is Saturday at Grand Geneva Resort. Registration is at 7 a.m. in the spa parking lot. Race starts at 7:30 a.m.


A children’s parade, sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24, begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Eastview Elementary School, 507 Sage St., and proceeds north to the American Legion Hall, 735 Henry St.


The annual Independence Day Celebration is Sunday at Grand Geneva Resort. The celebration features food, carnival games and music, as well as face painting, a balloon artist and a water ski show. Activities at the resort start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 2 a.m. There is a fee for some activities and food. A $25 per car fee, which includes $15 in activity and food tickets, will be charged for non-guests of the resort. Fireworks are at dusk.


Go to grandgeneva.com/specials/fourth-of-july.asp for a complete schedule of activities.


Milton

Milton Fourth of July Celebration, Friday, July 2, through Sunday, July 4. Annual celebration of the Fourth of July, including a carnival, sports tournaments, beer tent and live music and entertainment.


Sunday, July 4: Milton Optimist Club Independence Run/Walk. Registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., with start times staggered for races including the 10K, one-mile, and the Fun Run, followed by the Milton 4th of July parade, 1 p.m., with a fireworks show at Schilberg Park.


Whitewater

The annual Whitewater Fourth of July Festival is Thursday to Sunday in Cravath Lakefront Park. The festival features food, a midway and live music, as well as a petting zoo, car show and water ski show.


Gates are open from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. Friday and Sunday.


The parade, sponsored by the Whitewater Lions Club, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at Lincoln Elementary School, 242 S. Prince St., proceeds east along Main Street to Whitewater Street and ends at Fremont Street.


Go to ww4th.com for a complete schedule of activities.



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