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Grand opening adds to Evansville's 4th

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Gina Duwe
June 30, 2011

Weíve got a great roundup in todayís paper about all the events going on this holiday weekend. Just glancing at it, thereís plenty to do in the area.

Evansvilleís four-day festival kicks off Friday night. You can find more details on the Evansville Community Partnershipís website, and the schedule is below.

Special this year will be the grand opening ceremony for Creekside Place, the new community/senior center downtown. If you havenít been to it, check it out. Itís a real nice facility.

The ceremony is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday and includes a free pancake breakfast. A flag pole dedication and flag raising will be at 10 a.m. The VFW Post is donating the flag, and a joint American Legion-VFW honor guard will raise the colors and do firings.

Have a great, safe Fourth of July weekend!

Most events are in 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 will run from 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 & 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: The dayís events include an ecumenical church service, car show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., live broadcast from The Hog 105.9 from noon to 2 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 will 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., Lionís chicken BBQ 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., and 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.

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