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Park celebrates the 4th

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By Nathan L. McBroom

Organizers of the Fourth of July event at the Clear Creek Park are expecting a large turnout at their annual celebration on July 4th.

The theme of this year's celebration is "old-fashioned family fun" and with the activities that are scheduled, the event promises to be just that.

The event opens at 6 p.m. and the cost of admission is $2 a person. Motorists will enter the park through gate 2 off Burks Branch Road.

As in years past, the park will have a have a variety of inflatables and various other games for kids. But, for the first time, all of the children's activities are free of charge.

And to go along with the theme of "old-fashioned family fun," the park has also lined up a number of family-friendly games. These games include: a wheelbarrow race, a three-legged race, and other family relay games.

There will also be a climbing rock wall and several cornhole boards.

Beth Simmons, director of youth activities at the park, said with high gas prices and the quality of the events offered locally, the park is the place to celebrate the Fourth of July.

"It's going to be a blast," she said.

Concessions including hot-dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be on sale during the event.

Patrons are also allowed to bring their own food and drinks. Alcohol is not permitted in the park.

While patrons are enjoying the food and games, the local band "Leo Night and the Moonlighters" will perform a variety of Motown, oldies and rock-and-roll hits.

Also performing during the event are the Clear Creek line dancers. The Shelby County High School choir will sing the National Anthem.

At 8 p.m. a group of local skateboarders will give an exposition of their skateboard skills. All local skateboarders are welcomed to participate in the expo. If any local skater would like to bring a ramp, rail or other obstacles to be used in the expo, contact Dee Maynard at 387-8551.

After the skateboard expo, the fireworks show will begin.

As in years past, Melrose Pyrotechnic of Taylorsville will put on the fireworks show. The show will last about 30 minutes. The celebration will continue with fireworks set to go at dark.

Currently forecasters are predicting a 40 percent chance of rain on Friday. In the event that there is substantial rain, a rain date has been set for Sunday, July 6. The park will notify the public about the change through its website, www.shelbycountyparks.com or by phone at 633-5059. If the event is moved to Sunday, the times of the events will be the same.