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Blue Mound's Independence Day celebration to honor farmers

A tribute to people who work the land is the theme of this year’s Blue Mound Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 1. “So God Made A Farmer” is the theme for the parade this year and farmers and ranchers from the community will serve as grand marshals for the event.

The day of festivities begins at 8 a.m. as slow-pitch softball enthusiasts begin a tournament before the heat of the day sets in at the ball field.

At 9 a.m. the annual Ed Ferguson Memorial Horseshoe Pitch starts at the west end of the city park. Baby and toddler games begin in the city park at that time, and the information booth at the park also opens then.

Bike races for children 5 to 13 begin on Main Street at the city park at 9:30 a.m., and a 10 a.m. the parade line-up begins. Participants in the main parade line up on the east end of Main Street. The kids parade lines up at 10:30 a.m. north of Main Street on Fourth Street.

At 11 a.m. the parades roll down Main Street. For more information about the parade, contact Ben Bielenberg at 712-840-0285. Prizes for the best decorated entries will win $50, $40, or $30, and prizes for the best entries in the kids parade will also given.

The pedal tractor pull starts up as soon as the parade finishes. It will be held at the roller rink. The event is for kids ages 4 to 12, and registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Catch the Bacon, a greased pig game also begins at 11 a.m., and is sponsored by the Sunflower Saloon.

Concessions in the city park will be open for lunch, and a petting zoo located across the street from the park will be open from noon to 2 p.m.

A singing and karaoke contest begins at 12:30 p.m at the shelter house in the city park or the Blue Moon Youth Center. Also at the same time kids games start in the park for children 5 to 13. Those games include a turtle race, cowboy hat ring toss, horse races, bobbing for apples, three-legged race, egg and spoon race and bean bag toss.

For teens Yahtzee, Farkle and Twister games begin at the ball fields at 1:30 p.m. for those who are 14 and older.

At 2 p.m. at the ball fields, the corn hole tournament gets under way. At the same time and place, the bucket-to-bucket water game begins

Beginning at 2 p.m. registration for the Hog Wrangling event begins at Ralphs Service. Teams of four can register for $40 per team. The contest, which will be behind the station, starts at 3 p.m. Admission to the contest is $3 for those 14 and older, $2 for those 5 to 13, and free for children under 4.

For those who want a cool breather, the movie “Flicks” will be showing at the Blue Moon Youth Center at 3 p.m.

All of the events move to the ball fields for the evening:

  • The selfie scavenger hunt for those 14 and up begins at 5:30 p.m.

  • Needle in a Haystack contest for kids 13 and younger at 6 p.m.

  • Frozen t-shirt contest for all ages at 6:30 p.m.

  • The Kids Dance Party for those 13 and younger at 8:30 p.m.

The finale, a “spectacular fireworks display,” begins at dusk to end the day’s activities.

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