Fun-filled Fourth is Jaycees’ plan
What used to be a community Fourth of July tradition more than a decade ago will return on Tuesday, thanks to the efforts of the Baldwin Jaycees.
The service group is organizing the July 4 activities beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday north of the Baldwin High School ball fields. Food, fun and fireworks for the entire family are planned.
"Everyone we have talked to is real excited about it," said Donna Kneedler, chairman of the board for the Jaycees.
Kneedler said several community organizations are joining together to provide the activities and food.
The Baldwin Recreation Commission will open the concession stand at the ball fields, and other organizations, such as the Jaycees and Boy Scouts, will be selling ice cream, pie, hamburgers, hotdogs and pop.
Family games that are planned include tug-of-war, sack races, three-legged races, a water balloon toss and a watermelon eating contest.
The Baldwin Community Arts Council will provide face painting.
A fireworks show, which Kneedler expects will last about 45 minutes, will begin around 9 p.m., or when it gets dark. Kneedler said the show can be viewed from the same area the activities will be held in, and recommended bringing lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
The Jaycees will be setting up for the fireworks show which the group spent about $2,000 on most of the day. A licensed shooter hired by the group will set them off.
The group, for insurance purposes, planned for a crowd of 500-1,000.
"If 1,000 people showed up, it would be fantastic," Kneedler said.
Kneedler hopes those community members who travel to Lawrence or Ottawa to watch fireworks will stay in town.
"This way, they can stay in town to see a big show," Kneedler said.
The fireworks and games are free, although the group will be accepting donations for next year's show because they plan on returning the Fourth of July tradition to town.