Woodward, Okla. —
Several area communities have some jam-packed plans for this 4th of July.
Both Gage and Mooreland have a variety of classic activities slated for their respective Independence Day celebrations, including sports tournaments, games for the kiddos, music and more.
Lindsey Good, president of the Gage Parent Outreach program, has been the main event organizer for Gage's celebration.
"We've got a lot going on, it's going to be a full day," she said.
Good said all events will be held at the Gage Artesian Beach, beginning with a fishing derby that's "open to everyone."
Then there will be a coin hunt and turtle races, followed by a hamburger and hot dog lunch, she said.
The fun and games will continue in the afternoon with a dive contest and duck races after 2 p.m., she said.
"All the games are free to enter and there will be prizes for the winners," Good said.
A dinner featuring smoked chicken, ribs, barbecue brisket and roast along with homemade sides and a cupcake for dessert will be served around 5 p.m., she said.
During the meal, there will be live musical entertainment provided by Dave Cronister and Daren Miller.
There is a small fee for both the dinner and for lunch, with "all funds we raise going to the Gage Fire Department and to our Parent Outreach program," Good said.
"The fire department uses its portion to help buy new equipment and Parent Outreach uses its money to help the school buy things such as supplies for the classroom, (team) uniforms and help pay for class trips, things like that," she said.
Additional proceeds for these 2 organizations will be raised through "a silent auction that's going on all day," a t-shirt sale, as well as a prize raffle, Good said.
"We will be raffling off a $200 gift certificate to Butch's Guns, a $200 Visa card, a $150 gift certificate to R&R Grocery in Arnett, a 6-piece patio set, and a family pass to Gage pool," she said.
Gage's 4th of July event will end with "fireworks and a slideshow after dark, and this year we will be celebrating our fire department's 100 years in service," Good said.