Wellsburg set to celebrate America’s birthday

WELLSBURG — The city will be celebrating America’s birthday in a big way and area residents and visitors are invited to attend the many competitions and free concerts included in its week-long festivities.

Barb Yoder, who chairs the volunteer committee behind the celebration, said thanks to the support of many local businesses, there will be a free concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night from Monday to July 3 at Central Park near 17th and Charles streets.

The lineup includes the Next on Monday, Cross Creek the Band on June 28, the Sarah Hays Band on June 29, Nathan King on June 30, 40 Plus on July 1, De Ja Vu on July 2, and Ezra Hamilton and Friends on July 3.

The Crooked Dock restaurant will hold its annual volleyball tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, with registration at 9 a.m. while a corn hole tournament will be held at 1 p.m., with registration at noon Sunday, at Central Park.

New Day Christian Center again has been offering free activities for children at the 4th Ward Park this summer, and will be on hand to lead them in creating a patriotic craft from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through July 1.

The Wellsburg Kiwanis Club has announced it will hold a new event, called a Duck Derby, at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Sixth Street Wharf.

Eric Fithyan, the club’s president, said plans call for numbered plastic ducks to be floated from the wharf, with the sponsors of the first five to reach a designated finish line receiving prizes.

For information about participating, call (304) 670-1153, (304) 479-1218 or (412) 518-0804.

There also will be an all-ages fishing tournament on July 3, with registration at 6:30 a.m. at the 12th Street boat ramp. Participants may fish anywhere in the Wellsburg area but must check in their catches at the boat ramp later that morning.

Over the years, a wide range of adults and children have participated in the Wellsburg 4th of July 5K Run-Walk which will begin near the Town Square at Sixth and Charles streets at 9 a.m. July 3

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. that day, though participants also may register in advance at runsignup.com/Race/WV/Wellsburg/Wellsburg4thofJuly5KRunWalk.

The festivities on Independence Day will begin with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the E.R. Nichols 1st Ward Park, with the Wellsburg Oil Can Derby to immediately follow on the adjacent Fourth Street.

Similar to the Soapbox Derby, the race was named for the oil cans manufactured by Eagle Manufacturing, its sponsor for many years. Now sponsored by Al’s Auto Service, it’s open to boys and girls, ages 8-14.

Many local businesses and other groups have sponsored the colorful cars.

The day will conclude with a parade at 7 p.m. on Charles Street (with units lining up at 5 p.m. at the south end of Charles Street) and fireworks display at dusk, with many gathering to view the pyrotechnics from the Betty Carr Recreation Site near 17th and Main streets.

The Wellsburg Kiwanis Club also holds a bicycle decorating contest before the parade at 6 p.m. at the Town Square. It’s become a tradition for all of the youth to ride their bikes, decked out in red, white and blue and sometimes, khaki green in honor of the military, in the parade.

Yoder, who has served on the committee for at least 30 years, said the many events wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of many volunteers and generosity of area businesses.

“We’d never be able to do it without them,” she said.

Yoder added public support of drawings and other fundraisers held by the group also is essential because the group assumes about $27,000 in expenses ranging from the sound system for the concerts to the fireworks display, which receives an $8,000 boost from the city but cost about $15,000.


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