The 17th annual Old Fashioned Country Fireworks Friday, July 1 at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
Photo: Bill Lackey
Photo: Bill Lackey

Fairgrounds fireworks highlights local events

Old-Fashioned fireworks event attracts about 15,000 annually to Springfield.

As the Fourth of July approaches, organizations around Clark and Champaign counties are putting the finishing touches on their annual activities.

“Everybody needs to be outside on the Fourth of July,” said Jim Campbell, executive director and chief ranger of the Clark County Park District.

National Trail Parks and Recreation District has prepared its 19th annual Old-Fashioned Country Fireworks on Wednesday, July 3, at the Clark County Fairgrounds. The gates will open at 6 p.m.

Each year, more than 15,000 people attend this free event that mixes music and the fireworks show. The Kate Hasting Band, sponsored by K99.1 F.M., will perform starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks begin at dark. Concession stands will be available.

According to John Detrick, Clark County commissioner, 100 donors come together each year and raise $25,000 for the show. The fireworks alone cost $16,000 and $4,000 pays for deputies to ensure a safe environment. The remainder of the money goes to other items for the event.

Other events will take place, too.

Since 1990, the Clark County Park District has held its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. This year the games will be on Thursday, July 4, starting at 2 p.m. at George Rogers Clark Park. Traditional games such as a three-legged race, watermelon seed spitting and tug-of-war will be played. This event is open to everyone. Each year, about 70 people attend the event, according to Campbell.

The old-fashioned games are sponsored by the Friends of the Clark County Park District.

The city of Urbana will have its annual chicken barbecue at Grimes Field by the Rotary Club starting at noon. Fireworks will also be displayed at dusk. This event lasts all day until 10 p.m., according to the city website.

The village of Enon has several activities for the community, too.

Starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, the Enon VFW Post 8437 is having pre-firework activities before the firework show that begins at dusk.

On July 4, the Enon fire department will hold a Fourth of July parade. The parade lineup is between 12 and 1 p.m. at Indian Valley School, and the parade starts at 1 p.m. It will travel north on Enon-Xenia Road and end at the fire station in Enon. After the parade, the fire department will hold an open house, according to Deputy Chief Elmer Beard.

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