Robinson's main event of the summer is about to get underway.
The annual Robinson Fourth of July Celebration at Robinson City Park starts Friday with a fish fry, ice cream, music and a carnival.
Kicking activities off is a Country Roads fish fry at the Shrine Shelter from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Robinson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said advance tickets are available at the city pool.
Those who buy early are in for an extra treat. The first 300 to buy tickets will also get free ice cream from Dairy Dee. The Sumner company will have its "on the go" ice cream truck at the park Friday.
The band Fearless Freap will take the stage at 5 p.m. Entertainment is also scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Robinson Community Band performing at 7 p.m. July 3 and local singer Abbie Siler performing at 7 p.m. on Independence Day.
Fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m. Shimer pointed out this is a half-hour earlier than in past years.
The annual carnival is open from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly. Bracelets are available for $20.
Crawford County Collectibles will have its 10th annual Independence Day Car Show Wednesday. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon, followed by judging. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
Also, Robinson Girls Softball will host a firecracker tournament will be played at the park Friday through Sunday. Thirty-two teams are expected to participate.
Meanwhile, the annual Flat Rock patriotic service is 6 p.m. Sunday at the Flat Rock United Methodist Church. The speaker is Chester Lewis, and there will be special singing from anyone who wants to sing.
There will be ice cream and cookies following the service. Everyone is invited.
If any questions or anyone would like to sing, call 618-843-3595.
The 54th annual West Union Fourth of July Celebration is Wednesday at West Union Park. It gets underway at 11 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony conducted by the West Union American Legion.
Local restaurants Earl's Supper Club, the Silver Moon and West Union Café, Clark County Pork Producers, area churches and volunteers will provide food and drink beginning at 11 a.m. Food will be served in the shelter east of the stage and Sno-cones, drinks and other treats will be available in the shelter next to the stage.
The annual parade, sponsored by the West Union Community Club, starts at 2 p.m. at the community building and ends at the park.This year's theme is "West Union Salutes the USA." For more information, call Margie Jackson at 217-279-3467 or Debbie Daugherty at 217-822-3370, or visit www.westunion4th.com and click on the link.
The third annual kid's pedal tractor pull for children 10 and under starts at 3 p.m. on the park basketball court. Registration will begin immediately following the parade. There is no registration fee.
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 more information, contact Dan St. John at 217-822-0563.
This year's auction starts 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 are put up for auction to the highest bidder. A list of auction items can be found on the celebration's website.
The three-on-three basketball tournament kicks off at 6 p.m. and participants are asked to arrive early for registration. A release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for participants under age 18. Release can be downloaded from the website. Cost is $5 per player.
The evening entertainment will get under way after the auction and is provided by the Jake Hoult Band.
A grand prize drawing is scheduled for right before the fireworks. Tickets sales are conducted at various merchant locations, by West Union Fourth of July committee members and at the shelter just north of the stage on the Fourth.
Fireworks, performed by Aerial Arts Fireworks Company, will begin about 9:15 p.m.
And the summer fun won't end just because the Fourth does. The second annual Oblong Summer Hootenanny at Oblong Park is Saturday, July 7.
There will be craft and flea market booths set up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children's games from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Magicians Phillip and Henry will entertain at 10:30 a.m. Other entertainment includes performances by Man Monster from 2 to 5 p.m., Firebox Bluegrass Band from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Wildfire, featuring Polly Sheridan Lunay, from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
The Dairy Dee truck will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and water, cotton candy and Sno-cones available throughout the day.
A duck race and cornhole tournament both start at 1 p.m.
An open-pit chicken dinner is 4 to 6 p.m. for advance ticket holders and the beer garden is open from 2 to 9 p.m.