A slew of festivities are planned at Canton Lake as well as a large fireworks show for Canton's Independence Celebration on Saturday.

The annual celebration will be held at the Corps of Engineers park amphitheater just west of the Canton Lake Dam. The fireworks display will begin after dark, according to event planner Mandy Hutchinson.

“The firework presentation has been designed to be watched by land or boat,” said Hutchinson. “The fireworks show will be the completion of two great hours of food, music, games and competitions that will start at 7 p.m.”

According to Hutchinson those who plan to enjoy the fireworks show from the park amphitheater should bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable watching.

“Parking will be available west of the Canadian camping area side of the amphitheater and a shuttle will be available to bring everyone to the festival area,” said Hutchinson. “Handicap parking also will be provided. Signs will be posted up to direct drivers and everyone is encouraged to look for signs as they make their way to the celebration.”

Numerous events other than fireworks are planned for the Independence Day Celebration, including patriotic and other music that will be performed by the Cal Heer Band. The Cal Heer band, according Hutchinson, is made up of local musicians from the Longdale and Canton area.

“We encourage everyone to come by for our Independence Day Celebration,” said Hutchinson. “We want everyone from the young to the young hearted to come out and enjoy the evening with us. The entire celebration will be open to the public.”

The youngest of Americans will not be forgotten either says Hutchinson.

Games for children of all ages will be available starting at 7 p.m. and will include foot races for all ages, tricycle races for two to four year olds, bicycle races for those four years and up and sack races for all ages as well.

Other activities available will be a dunk tank, sling shot, paint ball competitions, softball throw, egg toss, football throw, turtle races and a paint booth.

“Contestants should register as early as possible,” said Hutchinson. “Those who will be entering the turtle race should be registered no later than 8:45 p.m. and you must bring your own turtle in order to race. Cash prizes will be given to winners of all the competitions by the Canton Lions Club.”

Concessions will also be available during the festivities, including soft drinks and water, homemade ice cream, watermelon, sno cones, hot dogs and nachos.

The celebration is sponsored by the Canton Lion's Club, Canton Chamber of Commerce and the Canton City Council who invite everyone to come to celebrate.

For more information please contact Carol Baird at 580-886-2934 or 886-5104, Hutchinson at 886-5086, or Jenny Chapdelaine at 886-4353.

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Some other communities with holiday events planned include:

• Waynoka will be hosting several events on Tuesday. The afternoon and evening will begin at 4 p.m. at the Santa Fe Park with games for kids of all ages. Also going on during this time will be a three-legged race, egg toss and dunk tank, as well as a kids money haystack, tattoo stand and a Girl Scouts lemonade and flag sale (all until 7 p.m.) A Tug of War contest will be held at 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m. there will be free hot dogs and a citywide picnic with churches bringing the sides and entertainment by Dog Creek Gunfighters. At 6:30 p.m. a watermelon seed spitting contest will be held. A co-ed softball game will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and at 9 p.m. musical entertainment will be provided by Rough Cuts. Also beginning at 9 p.m. will be a homemade ice cream contest - buy a bowl for $1 at the concession stand; announcement of Little Mr. and Mrs. Firecracker; kiss the goat contest/winner; pie eating contest - one pie in three minutes with 12 contestants participating; and singing of the National Anthem. All activities will be followed by a fireworks display at the rodeo grounds.

• Longdale will be celebrating the 4th of July on Friday and Saturday. Things will start Friday with a chuck wagon meal outside cooked by chuck wagon cooks. Cost will be $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The meal will be followed by a Gospel and Country Concert featuring Harry Ford and his Blue Grass Band. Also appearing will be Charles (Sonny) Daub, a cowboy poet from Cherokee. Opening for the concert will be Longdale talent Earl and Beth Dow. Saturday will begin will the annual parade beginning at 10 a.m. and other events are set all day.

• Fairview community will be celebrating with several activities on Tuesday at the Major County Historical Grounds. Events will begin around 4 p.m. with something for all ages - sack races, turtle races, watermelon seed spitting, pie in the face for local officials and civic leaders, football kick for cash, moon-walk, gyro games, face-painting, balloon animals, horseshoe tournament and much more. Free live entertainment will also be provided as well as a fireworks display.

Note: The Fargo Fest parade on Saturday will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

• The Beaver Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a fireworks display at the fairgrounds - depending on the dry weather conditions. This will be held at dark on Tuesday.

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