Plans are made, now Rotarians have only to finish the details and wait for the 71st Annual Rotary 4th of July Celebration to begin Wednesday.
Committee heads met Thursday night at Moore Funeral Home for the last time before the celebration begins.
Soon, banners will be going up. Raffle tickets for the $10,000 give-away have been sold by Rotarians and will be available at Rotary Headquarters in Forest Park during the celebration.
Sponsors are still needed to pay for the free admission entertainment at the Forest Park Bandshell (or Pavilion, in case of rain) as are donations for the nightly prize giveaways. Call Susan Thomas, 446-7071, or John Lee, 986-3472, if you would like to help.
The Van-Dells will present the first shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday is also Special Persons Day and invitees will get the first opportunity to ride the midway rides in the afternoon.
The Rotary Club will meet at the park at noon, instead of at the regular meeting place, Brazil Family Restaurant.
The Jonah Fish Fry to benefit Northview and Clay City high school bands will be 4-7:30 p.m. in the pavilion. Meals cost adults $6 in advance, $6.50 at the door, children, $3.50 in advance and $4 at the door.
This year, 12 non-profit organizations will offer food items on July 2-4. The food booths will be located behind the bandshell and in front of Rotary Headquarters.
The 4th of July fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m., about an hour later than usual, due to Daylight Savings Time. The show is expected to last about 25 minutes, said Aerial Arts owner Mark Adamson.
All-American Shows will present the midway again this year. As was announced this week in the Louisville, Ky., newspaper, All-American Shows were on their way to Brazil, Ind.
They arrived this week and the rides are ready to go.
Thousands will flock to Forest Park for the annual 4th of July Celebration. Each year, the event draws people from several states -- all wanting to participate in a wholesome, good old-fashioned American holiday.