What better way to celebrate America than with fishing, fireworks and a chance to win free fuel?

That is what Gage has on offer for it’s annual 4th of July Celebration, which is sponsored by Gage Parent Outreach and the Gage Rural Fire Department.

The two organizations will kick the day off with a fishing derby, said Lindsey Good, president of Gage Parent Outreach.

Registration for the derby will begin at 7:15 a.m. and there is a $5 registration fee. The contest will then start at 8 a.m. and participants will have until 10 a.m. to try to catch the biggest fish.

Awards will be given to those who catch the most pounds in each of three age categories: four- to eight-year-olds, nine- to 15-year-olds and those 16-years-old and up. These awards have traditionally been gift certificates to Wal-Mart, Good said.

Following the derby at 10:30 a.m., there will be children’s games, including a coin hunt, turtle races and sack races. The games are free to participants and small prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Gage Parent Outreach will then serve a hamburger and hot dog lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After lunch, the Gage Swimming Pool will be open for those who want to cool off.

A three-on-three basketball tournament and a horseshoes tournament are also set to begin after lunch. There is no registration fee for horseshoes, Good said, but there is a $12 fee for basketball teams or players can pay $5 each.

Throughout the day there will also be a silent auction, which Good said will offer everything from a Pandora bracelet from Mead Jeweler’s to a Woodward weekend getaway package that includes a stay at the Holiday Inn Express and dinner at Playa Azul.

Besides the silent auction, there will also be a raffle where one lucky winner will receive 100 gallons of gas or 75 gallons of diesel from the Gage Quick Stop, Good said. Other prizes being raffled off include a season pass to the Gage pool for a family of five, which is valued at $150, and a family pack of fireworks, valued at over $100, she said.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five chances and are currently available at the convenience store, bank and city offices in Gage, Good said. Tickets will also be available the day of the celebration, she said.

The winning raffle tickets will be drawn around 5:45 p.m. on July 4 during the barbecue dinner, Good said, noting that winners don’t have to be present to win.

The dinner, which will include brisket, chicken and/or ribs as well as all the trimmings, will be prepared and served by the Gage fire fighters. The cost is $5 a plate.

Starting at 6 p.m. “Elvis” will be on hand to provide some dinner music. There is no fee to enjoy the concert, but donations are welcome.

T-shirts commemorating Gage’s 4th of July celebration will also be on sale throughout the day, Good said, noting that there will be a variety of colors and sizes available. Children’s shirts will cost $8, adult shirts will cost $10 to $12, depending on the size, she said.

Before the day ends with the traditional fireworks show, Good said there will be a slideshow to honor area soldiers, both those at home and serving overseas.

Then around 10 p.m., she said around 1,600 fireworks will be set off for a spectacular show.

“It’s going to be huge,” she said, noting that attendees in years past have noted that Gage’s show is even bigger than Enid’s show.

All events will be held at the Gage Artesian Beach and all proceeds will go to support the Gage Parent Outreach and the Gage Rural Fire Department, Good said.

The fire department will probably use its portion of the proceeds to help purchase new bunker gear, she said, noting that the current gear is “seriously outdated.”

As a non-profit organization set up to help out Gage Public Schools, Good said Gage Parent Outreach will use its portion to help fund a variety of activities from maintenance work like painting classrooms at the school to pitching in to help students pay for extra costs like sports camps or testing fees.

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