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6/29/2017 1:49:00 PM
Robinson 4th fest kicks off Friday night
The annual Robinson Fourth of July Celebration gets underway at Robinson City Park Friday.

Kicking activities off is a Country Roads fish fry at the Shrine Shelter from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The carnival is open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Tuesday. Bracelets are available for $20.

Entertainment is planned for 7 p.m. each night, beginning with the Robinson City Band Friday.

Abbie Siler performs Saturday and the Porch Cats are on tap for Sunday. Monday's entertainment will be the Do-Overs and Frequency performs on Tuesday.

The annual fireworks display is 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The ninth annual Independence Day Car Show is Tuesday. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon, followed by judging. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

For more information, call Jesse Hock at 618-553-0688, or go to

Also, a softball firecracker tournament will be played at the park Friday through Monday.

Other local communities also have holiday plans.

West Union will celebrate Independence Day in the West Union Park again with many activities, food, drinks and events along with a parade.

The 53rd annual West Union 4th Of July Celebration will start with a flag raising ceremony at West Union American Legion at 11 a.m.

Food will be served in the park shelter east of the stage and Sno-cones, drinks and other treats will be available under the shelter just next to the stage. Food tents open at 11 a.m.

The parade, sponsored by West Union Community Club, lines up at 2 p.m at the York Township Community Building on the east edge of town. The theme is "Because of the Brave."

Anyone may participate in the parade. Judging will be at the south end of the park; categories judged will be large floats, small floats, antique tractors, antique cars and trucks, decorated bicycles, horses, decorated ATVs and golf carts.

For more information, call 217-279-3467.

The third annual kid's pedal tractor pull for children 10 and under starts at 3 p.m.. Registration is free and begins immediately after the parade.

Corn "Toss" Tourney starts at 3:30 p.m. with registration at 3 p.m. Registration fee is $20 per team. Prize money based on registrations will be awarded for first, second and third place. For questions, contact Dan St.John at 217-822-0563

An auction begins at 5 p.m. Local professional auctioneers conduct this event auctioning off merchandise donated by many area merchants and individuals. Tools, baskets, gift certificates and more will be available. The Grand Turn Band from Martinsville performs following the auction.

A three-on-three basketball tournament kicks off at 6 p.m. Registration is $5 per player and release forms for participants under 18 can be downloaded from

A grand prize drawing will be right before the fireworks, which begin about 9:15 p.m.

Oblong will be hosting "Flea Markets On Main" Saturday.

Participants should bring their goods to Main Street and pick a spot on the sidewalk from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Setup may begin at 7 a.m. and sellers must have all items off the sidewalks by 2 p.m. Store entrances and alleys should not be blocked.

For more information contact Andrea Rich at 562-6004.

The annual patriotic service in Flat Rock Park is 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be special singing and David Houser from Oblong will be the speaker. Attendees should bring lawn chairs. For information call 618-843-3595.

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