Get ready to celebrate Fourth of July Big Walnut style
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Next Wednesday is Independence Day, a.k.a. the Fourth of July, when folks from all over the Big Walnut area will gather in Sunbury for the 2012 Sunbury Independence Day Extravaganza.
The day begins early and ends late with something for everyone.
• 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Flea Market on the Square sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the flea market. There will be a $1 flea market admission charge to help pay for community fireworks later in the evening; children under 10 are admitted free of charge.
• 9 a.m. — 13th Annual Memorial Volleyball Tournament gets underway at Big Walnut High School. The fundraising tournament, played outdoors on grass courts, is in memory of Cory Lehman and Steve Morgenstern and in honor of Erin Smith.
• 9:30 a.m. — Bikes and Trikes Contest for children sponsored by the Sunbury/Galena Rotary Club at the old Sparks station, opposite the southwest corner of Sunbury Square.
• 10 a.m. — Sunbury’s Independence Day Parade, Read, Write, & Bloom, sponsored by Vision Concept Technology and Indco Electrical Contractors. The parade is organized by the Sunbury/Galena Rotary Club and will feature more than 75 entries.
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — KidZone for children 10 and under on the Square (southwest quad, gazebo corner) sponsored by Ohio Health. The KidZone will feature free bounce house fun, fun frolics games with prizes hosted by Walnut 4-Hers, face painting, corn-hole tournaments and more. Adults must accompany children at all times; adults must pay the $1 square admission charge.
• 11 a.m. — Football Skills Punt, Pass & Kick Contest at JR Smith Park hosted by members of the Big Walnut Youth Athletic Association. Sign-ups will be held at the park just prior to the start of competition, and prizes will be awarded.
• 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Sizzling July Fireworks Spectacular at Big Walnut High School sponsored by Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, with four hours of live, on-stage entertainment to enjoy before the fireworks show.
• 8 p.m. — Big Walnut Community Chorus performance in the Big Walnut High School Auditorium, featuring popular and patriotic favorites. While the concert will be offered free of charge, a free-will offering will be taken to help offset concert costs.
• 10 p.m. — The event everyone has been waiting for begins, the Big Walnut Area’s Community Fireworks display.
Event organizers remind drivers that community celebrations are pedestrian heavy events. They ask everyone to drive carefully to do their part to provide an accident-free Fourth of July.
The 2012 Independence Day Community Fireworks are sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Sunbury, Sunbury Chiropractic Center, Vision Concept Technology, American Showa, Ultimate Technology & Security Solutions, Immediate Health Associates/Sunbury Urgent Care, Feazel Roofing Company, Jackson Farms, Cellar Lumber & Roofing Supply, Mudflats Bar & Grill, Eagle Auto Repair, Forman Mini-Storage, BST&G Firefighters Association, Molly’s Flowers & More, Journey Fellowship, DeVore/Snyder Funeral Homes and Sunbury VFW Post 8736.
For additional information about the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Fourth of July Celebration, or to become a fireworks sponsor, contact the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce office at 740–965-2860.