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Schedules set for Fourth of July festivities

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Gazette staff
June 30, 2011

More than fireworks will punctuate the Independence Day celebrations in Rock and Walworth counties. Here’s a list of some of the fun.


Beloit
The annual Pops on the Rock concert takes place starting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Harry Moore Pavilion. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks to follow. The concert features the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free. Food is available for purchase. For more information, call (608) 365-4838 or go to visitbeloit.com.
Brodhead

Sunday: The free Twilight in the Park Concert series will feature the Dang-Its from 5 to 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 1st Center Avenue and 12th Street. The FFA Alumni will also have a food stand. The rain location will be Cardinal Lanes.


Monday: A parade begins at noon 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.


City of Delavan

Let Freedom Ring Independence Day celebration will start at 7 a.m. Monday with a pancake breakfast at the Delavan Fire Station, 230 S. Seventh St. A parade will take place downtown at 3 p.m., and fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. at Veterans Park. For more information, call (262) 728-5585, Ext. 2.


Delavan Township

The town’s annual Independence Day Celebration will take place from 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at Community Park. Bingo, kids games and food will be available. The fireworks display will take place at dusk.


East Troy

A four-day holiday festival that boasts the area’s largest parade and an enormous beer tent runs today through Sunday.


-- The beer tent features Tuskan Road today from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., 76 Juliet on Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Hoi Polloi on Saturday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Love Monkey from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. And 4 Lane Hwy will play Sunday from 3:30 to 9 p.m.


-- Garden tractor pulls with the Wisconsin Garden Tractor Pullers Association will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.


-- The 10th Annual Car Show, staffed by the Kettle Moraine Classic Car Club, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave.


-- Truck and tractor pulls with the Badger State Truck Pullers Association will happen at 2021 West St. starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.


-- Fireworks will explode Saturday at dark.


-- The parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday and features Teal Sound from Florida, Blue Saints from Canada, the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, Midwest Legends and Big Top Brass Band. The event is sponsored by the east Troy Lions Club.


For additional information, visit easttroylions.org.
Edgerton

Edgerton will host a two-day Fourth of July celebration at Racetrack Park.


On Saturday, July 2, activities include live bands, a truck pull, a horseshoe pitching tournament, the Lions Car Show, Home Talent Baseball and fireworks at dusk.


One Monday, July 4, activities include the horse puller breakfast and horse pulling event.


Elkhorn

The holiday celebration will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sunset Park, 200 Devendorf St. Festivities include food, a free concert from the Holton Elkhorn Band followed by fireworks at dusk.


Evansville

The annual Fourth of July celebration is Friday through Monday at Lake Leota Park.


Friday: The celebration starts with a co-ed softball tournament Friday that runs through the weekend. Eager Free Public Library, 39 W. Main St., will have an ice cream social from 5 to 8 p.m. The festival tent opens at 5 p.m., and The Beatle Beats of The Brittins will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. Fireworks are at dusk.


Saturday: The farmers market is 6 a.m. to noon on Church Street downtown. Creekside Place Community/Senior Center will have its grand opening from 8 to 11 a.m. at the new center, 102 Maple St., and R. M. Berg General Contractors, Vogel Bros. Building and Larson Acres will sponsor a free pancake breakfast. A euchre tournament will be noon to 3 p.m., and the Evansville Youth Center will have kids activities all weekend. A recycled regatta is from 1 to 4 p.m. The festival tent opens at 6 p.m. The big brass sounds of Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. Gate admission is $5 from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday night only.


Sunday: Events include an ecumenical church service, car show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Evansville Idol karaoke from 1 to 5 p.m., a garden tractor pull from 1 to 4 p.m., and the festival tent is open from noon to midnight. Rachelle & The Red Hot Rattlers perform from 6 to 10 p.m.


Monday: 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 barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Evansville Youth Center ducky derby at 3 p.m., lunker lob and minnow races from 1 to 5 p.m., Home Talent Baseball at 6 p.m.. The festival tent is open from noon to midnight. Westside Andy and the Mel Ford Band will perform 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 Big Foot Lions Club on Monday is sponsoring Fontana 4th Fest at Reid Park.


Drinks and food will be sold from noon to 9 p.m. A fireworks show is set for 9 p.m.


Geneva Township

A parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday on Lake Shore Drive at Acacia Road.


Janesville

Today is the last day to register for Saturday’s Rock Roll ’n’ Run adult and youth triathlon.


The event begins with a swim in the Rock River at 7 a.m. in Traxler Park, 600 N. Main St. Biking through the downtown and Courthouse Hill area will follow. The finish line is back at Traxler Park.


Youth registration is $35 and adult registration is $60. Teams also are welcome. For more information, visit rockrollnrun.com.

Friday: Janesville’s own Redneck Fest kicks off Friday at 404 S. Walnut St. The two-day event goes from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and features country music.


Admission is free. Beer and food will be available. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals. For more information and band line-ups, visit redneckfestjvl.com.

Saturday: Redneck Fest continues, running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The day will feature bands, comedians, bumper cars, a mud hole and paintball.


Admission is free. Beer and food will be available. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals. For more information and band line-ups, visit redneckfestjvl.com.

Sunday: Concert in the Park starts at 6:30 p.m. and features the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra at Lower Courthouse Park, corner of Main and Court Streets, downtown Janesville. Music Director Robert Tomaro will conduct. Ron Nief and Tom McBride will be featured guest performers.


Refreshments will be for sale in the park. Friends of the BJSO will sell popcorn and ice cream. Best Events Catering will sell dinners of grilled hamburgers and brats with baked beans, cole slaw, a chocolate brownie and lemonade or raspberry iced tea for $7 each plus ala carte items from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with part of the proceeds benefiting the symphony.


Monday: Rock Aqua Jays Independence Day on the Rock runs from 11 a.m. to dusk at Traxler Park, 600 N. Main St., downtown Janesville.


Activities include Taste of Janesville food vendors from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; beer tent from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Rock County Pullers garden tractor pull at noon; inflatable jump house for kids ($5 for unlimited use) from noon to 6 p.m.; “Anything That Floats” race at 2 p.m.; RuffCutz performance in the beer tent from 2 to 6 p.m.; Janesville Idol Contest at 3 p.m.; Rock Aqua Jays water ski show at 7 p.m.; fireworks at dusk


Lake Geneva

Sunday: Geneva National Golf Club will host a holiday picnic and fireworks show.


Inflatable games will be available on the driving range, and a barbecue picnic and bar is open to the public in the pavilion behind the clubhouse.


The celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and fireworks are expected to start at 9:15 p.m.


Monday: The American Legion in Lake Geneva is sponsoring a parade at 10 a.m. on Center Street from Dodge to Henry streets.


Milton

Milton’s Fourth of July celebration runs from Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4, in Schilberg Park. The event includes a carnival, food court and music.


Friday events start at 7 p.m. with a police versus fire department softball game, DJ Red Hot and Milton Mayhem Football.


Saturday events include a kickball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball and volleyball. Music will be provided by HK Automatic from 7 to 11 p.m.


On Sunday, events include softball games, horseshoes, a beanbag tournament at 10 a.m. pedal tractor pull at noon, and helicopter rides from 2 p.m. until dusk. Entertainment includes the Fish Frye Band from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Kind of a Big Deal from 7 to 11 p.m.


Events Monday, July 4, include another full day of softball, Milton Muskrats Youth Baseball throughout the afternoon and the Optimist Run. A parade begins at 1 p.m., and helicopter rides run from 2 p.m. until dusk.


Joe Roberts will perform at Lamar Park from 3 to 5 p.m., the UW-Marching Band’s Fifth-Quarter Show will be at 7:30 p.m. and Rainbow Bridge will perform throughout the evening. Fireworks will be at dusk.


Sharon

The village of Sharon’s Fourth of July festival starts Sunday with karaoke and a beer tent in Goodland Park. Sunday events include Big Wheel races, a parade at 11 a.m. downtown, fire department water fights, food, music, craft vendors and games. Fireworks start at dusk.


Whitewater

The Fourth of July celebration begins Friday and will continue through Monday in downtown Whitewater and Cravath Lakefront Park.


Live music and entertainment will be provided. Saturday is “Kids Day,” featuring a ski show, petting zoo, fireworks and more. The festival will conclude at 10 p.m. Monday with a fireworks show.


A complete schedule can be found at ww4th.com.

A parade will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. It begins at Lincoln Inquiry Charter School on Prince Street and continues along Main Street before ending at Fremont Street.



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