JULY 4 BIRTHDAY BASHES ON THE DOCKET
Youth baseball and softball will take center stage starting at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, July 2; Merchants State Bank is once again sponsoring a baseball player-operated chislic stand throughout the afternoon; and the traditional amateur game between Freeman and Tabor will start at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks once again being made possible thanks to CorTrust Bank.
All of it will mark another Independence Day celebration at the baseball/softball park complex in Freeman. A complete schedule is printed in the advertisement on page 2B.
Menno’s big bash
As is customary, a full slate of activities is being planned for Menno’s big Independence Day celebration next Tuesday, July 4. While a late-morning parade and evening baseball game and fireworks show will highlight the festivities, there are other opportunities for people and interests of all kinds.
8 a.m. – A road race in support of summer athletic programs in Menno will take place beginning at the Menno Fire Hall. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. for the 5K, 10K runs, as well as the one-mile run/walk geared for kids. Pre-registration may be mailed along with payment prior to Friday, June 30. For more information, see the advertisement printed on page 6B.
10:50 a.m. – A kiddie parade will kick off one of the day’s main events — the Rames-Bender Post 152 community parade set to start at 11 a.m. The route will begin at the Menno school and proceed north down Fifth Street before following the traditional route past the Menno-Olivet Care Center and finishing by the baseball field. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honor and Remember.”
After the parade – The Menno FFA will once again be hosting a community barbecue, with serving taking place outside the old city/school gym. Seating will be available inside the auditorium.
1-3 p.m. – A car show and shine and a number of children’s activities will take place at Pioneer Acres, including a carousel, ferris wheel and barrel train rides. Admission and all activities are free, although freewill donations will be accepted.
7:30 p.m. – The Menno Mad Frogs will host Freeman in the traditional July 4 baseball game at the Lily Pad. Fireworks will follow.