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July 4, 2014

County communities have Fourth of July plans

FAIRMONT — Marion County communities have their fair share of Fourth of July plans.

In Fairmont, “Red, White and Boom!” will take place at Palatine Park today. The event begins at 4:15 p.m. and features various artists and fireworks.

At 4:15 p.m., the band Mama Corn will be followed by Marshall Lowry at 5:30 p.m., then Katie Ohh at 7 p.m., with Josh Gracin starting his show at 8:30 p.m. The festivities conclude with a fireworks show starting at 9:50 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m.

Bruce Miller, events coordinator for Palatine Park, helped plan the events for “Red, White and Boom!”

“I think the highlight is gonna be the entertainment itself, the entire evening of the four bands that are playing capping things off with the fireworks that, this year, are going to be going off at the High Level Bridge,” he said.

On the bridge, the lane going into Fairmont from the Gateway Connector will be closed from 6-11 p.m. The entire bridge will be closed from 9-11 p.m.

In Fairview, the Fourth of July is an all-day event with many activities, including a morning fun run, a parade and games.

“We’ve always tried to advertise that ours is an old-fashioned July Fourth celebration,” Ron Haught said.

Haught is the chairman of the Fairview Fourth of July Committee.

Registration for the Ray Hendrick 5K Fun Run begins at 7:45 a.m. today, followed by the race at 8:30 a.m. The Grand Parade begins at 10 a.m. and has 93 participants. The Fairview Community Band plays at 11:15 a.m., followed by the Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts Music Preparatory Department at noon. At 1 p.m., guest speaker Jim Slade will give a speech about “Our First Freedoms.”

“I don’t think anybody else in the area has a speaking program, and this will be our 39th celebration and we have always had a speaker for the day,” Haught said.

The Cake Walk and Community Involvement Fair and Exhibits begin at 2 p.m. The fair and exhibits run until 5:15 p.m. From 3:15-5:15 p.m., the town will have games and contests for individuals of all ages. There is an Acoustic Jam Session from 5:30-6:45 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the band Kingdom Calling takes the stage, followed by the Kennedy Barn String Band at 8 p.m. The last band to take the stage is Jenna Won’t Sing at 9 p.m. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m.

The Mannington Old-Fashioned Fourth of July starts at 3 p.m. today with an opening ceremony after the parade. At 4 p.m., old-fashioned kids games begin. From 5-7 p.m., LME-DJ music will play. At 7:30 p.m., the Knighthawks will play. Fireworks will be displayed after dusk.

Jim Taylor, the mayor of Mannington, said the event is completely free unless you purchase food from vendors. There are cakewalks and free inflatables for kids, and it is a free swim day.

“It’s an assortment of different things to keep you going all day long,” Taylor said.

Rivesville will host its celebration Saturday. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Jenna Won’t Sing takes the stage from 6:30-8 p.m., followed by the Marshall Lowry Band from 8:30-10 p.m.

John Uveges will be in charge of the second frog-jumping contest for kids.

The frogs will race 12 feet on a three-lane track, Uveges said. The contest is for children 12 and under and begins at 6 p.m.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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