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Communities to celebrate Independence Day this weekend

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Several local communities will host Fourth of July celebrations during the upcoming three-day holiday. Fireworks displays and Independence Day festivities are scheduled to be held in Seligman, Eagle Rock, Purdy and Shell Knob.

Seligman

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Independence Day celebration at the Seligman Community Building on Saturday, July 2. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m.

The event will offer food concessions, games and a cake walk. A horseshoe tournament will be held at 5 p.m., and Charlie Williams and Friends will provide live musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Attendees should bring their lawn chairs and plan to stay for the fireworks show, which will begin at dark.

For more information, call 417-662-3450.

Eagle Rock

The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will hold the Fired Up and Smokin' fireworks show on Sunday, July 3. Fireworks will be shot from a location near the Table Rock Bridge in Eagle Rock.

Area residents are encouraged to come early to enjoy barbecue meals, which will be cooked and served by Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano firefighters and first responders. Volunteers will begin serving barbecued pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches with baked beans and coleslaw near the Eagle Rock Marina beginning at 11 a.m.

The Fired Up and Smokin' fireworks show will begin at dark. The display can be viewed from various locations around the Highway 86 Bridge or the Eagle Rock Campground and Marina.

The fireworks display will be conducted by Dennis Wisdom, of Poplar Bluff, who has served as the pyrotechnician for the Eagle Rock show for several years.

There is no admission costs for the show, which is funded through donations made by individuals and local businesses and through a variety of fundraisers that firefighters host throughout the year.

All fireworks fund donations are appreciated. Donations can be mailed to: Eagle Rock Fireworks Fund, State Highway 86, Eagle Rock MO 65641.

For more information, call Eagle Rock Fire Station #1 at 271-3642.

Purdy

The Purdy Independence Day celebration will be held at the Purdy High School baseball field on Sunday, July 3.

Free hotdogs and hamburgers will be served at 7 p.m. The event will also offer homemade ice cream and face painting.

A fireworks show will begin at dark. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The event is sponsored by area churches.

Shell Knob

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 36th annual Fire and Thunder fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

Shell Knob's Independence Day celebration will begin with the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce's annual Fourth of July boat parade at 6:30 p.m. Parade participants are encouraged to decorate their boats in honor of the patriotic celebration.

Participants should gather on the south side of Lost Hill Island, where the Kings and White Rivers meet, at 6 p.m. Boats will cruise under the Larry Gene Taylor Memorial Bridge to an area where the fireworks show can be viewed by water.

Fireworks will be shot from a platform on the water located about one mile east of the Shell Knob Bridge. North American Marine Industries (NAMI) Docks, MariCorp U.S., Lakeshore Construction and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will assist with the show.

An area will be buoyed off for spectator safety. The show will not begin until the safety zone is clear of people and watercraft.

Boaters who view the fireworks display from the water need to keep their anchor light on during the show. Boaters should also remember that state statutes prohibit fireworks from being shot from or at boats.

Traditionally, the fireworks display is best viewed from the water, the Shell Knob Community Building, which is south of the Larry Gene Taylor Memorial Bridge, or locations along Highway YY. The display can also be seen from Shell Knob's scenic lookout.

Once again, the Fire and Thunder Fireworks display will be designed and choreographed by award-winning pyrotechnician Aaron Mayfield. A.M. Pyrotechnic in Buffalo will serve as pyrotechnicians for the fireworks display.

Both the fireworks show and the boat parade are free and open to the public.

In the event of inclement weather, this year's fireworks show will be held on Tuesday, July 5. Rain delay information will be broadcast on local radio stations.

The annual fireworks show is funded through donations, fundraisers and annual T-shirt sales. The chamber also hosts an annual four-person scramble golf tournament each year to raise funds for the Independence Day celebration.

For more information on the Fire and Thunder Fireworks display call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce at 417-858-3300 or visit shellknob.com.



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