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By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with friends, firemen and fireworks? That’s what the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department has planned for Sunday.
The Fun Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Wellington Street football field. Hot dogs, water and watermelon will be served all afternoon.
This year, the event will start with opening ceremonies at 1 p.m., prior to start of the “fun.”
IVFD Chief Bryan Dannatt said there will be the Posting of Colors, singing of the national anthem and messages from Imperial Mayor Annie Longan and Rev. Todd Burpo.
For those wishing to retire worn out American flags, the Andrew Kinder VFW Post will conduct a flag retirement ceremony immediately after the opening ceremonies on the south side of the football field. Those wishing to retire worn flags may bring them to the site before 1 p.m.
The fun events will start after the ceremonies, including a dunk tank, a children’s play area, tours of firefighter equipment, the smoke trailer, dive trailer setup and a t-shirt giveaway.
Scheduled events include a water fight; a Jaws of Life demonstration at 2 p.m.; the Imperial Dance Team performance at 2:30 p.m. and a rope rescue demonstration at 3 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for the adults’ water fights, with bunker gear provided. Teams must be composed of three persons, ages 12 and over.
The Imperial Emergency Medical Services will conduct equipment tours during the afternoon.
The Imperial FFA is sponsoring its annual mud volleyball tournament in the northeast corner of the football field.
Teams must be composed of two females and two males, and athletes must be in the 7th grade this fall or older. There is no registration fee.
Registration begins at 12 noon on Sunday. Preregistration may be made by contacting FFA sponsors Jason Speck at (308) 882-5526, cell (308) 882-6943, or Jeremy Vlasin’s cell at (308) 882-1511.
There will be a limit of 16 teams in the tournament. As of Monday, three had already registered.
Play will begin at 1 p.m. The firemen will present Chamber Bucks to the top three teams.
The annual fireworks display will begin at about 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at the Chase County Fairgrounds. The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department is again in charge of setting off the detailed display.
The national anthem will be played on KADL FM 102.9 radio at the beginning of the event.