Updated: Jul 4
BLUE MOUND – The Blue Mound annual Independence Day event set for Saturday, July 2, has been pushed back a day to Sunday, July 3, because of rain. Organizers said on the event's Facebook page that the schedule set for Saturday will be followed on Sunday.
This year, the parade will be honoring the late Sgt. Stacy Murrow of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Murrow, who succumbed to an illness late last year, was a widely respected law enforcement officer who was known throughout the county. So organizers of the Blue Mound event made the unusual move of giving her the honor of being the grand marshal of the parade.
With the theme of “Voice of Freedom,” the parade begins at 11 a.m. and will roll down Main Street. The kids’ parade will begin as the main parade ends. Line-up for the parade starts at 10 a.m.
However, there are a host of other events going on during the day leading up to the grand finale – the crowning of the royalty and a fireworks display that evening.
The day starts with a 5K race at 7:30 a.m. for runners 13 and older, and a one-mile fun run for kids 12 and younger at 8:30 a.m. Race registration is at the Methodist church.
At 9 a.m., the Ed Ferguson Memorial Horseshoe Pitch starts at the west end of the city park. And at 9:30 a.m. the Power Wheels Derby for children 5 and younger starts at the city park, and the bike race for children 6 to 13 will start on Main Street at the park.
Concessions will be at the park for lunch. After lunch, a photo booth opens at 12:30 p.m. in the Blue Moon sponsored by the American Legion Post No. 279 and Booth Crazy Photobooths. Also starting then is the Voice of Freedom Singing and Karaoke Contest at the shelter house in the park and kids’ games in the park.
The Tug of War for teams of six people 14 years and older begins at 1 p.m. in the park, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the Women’s Nail Driving Contest. Registration for the Hog Wrangling Contest begins at 2 p.m. behind Ralph’s Service.
Meanwhile, the Water Balloon Toss starts at 2 p.m. At 2:30 the Blue Moon will have a movie on the big screen. The Hog Wrangling contest also begins at 2:30 p.m. There is an admissions charge and an entry fee for this contest.
In the evening, the action shifts to the ball field on the southwest edge of the city. Inflatables will be available for children to play on until 8 p.m. Concessions will open there at 5 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. the Scavenger Hunt starts at the ball fields for contestants 16 and older. For the younger children 13 and under, the Needle in the Haystack contest starts at 5:30 p.m. at the ball field.
The Frozen T-shirt Contest for all ages starts at 6 p.m., and a kickball game starts at 6:30 p.m. for six- to 10-person teams. Teams must register at the information booth in the park before 2 p.m. to participate.
Finally, at 8:30 p.m., the crowning of this year’s royalty takes place as well as a drawing for prizes before the main event: a spectacular fireworks display.