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County planning Fourth of July celebration

PULASKI COUNTY — Those looking for something to do over the Independence Day holiday should find lots to keep them busy in Pulaski County.
The local July 4th Committee held its final planning meeting Thursday to make sure everything is in line for the county’s Stars & Stripes Fourth of July Celebration.
A variety of activities for all ages will be available throughout the county Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6.
Festivities kick off in Dublin at 9:30 a.m. with a flag ceremony to be held at Dublin Town Hall. It will be followed by a Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m.
Line-up for the parade will be at 10:30 a.m. at the old Dublin Primary School.
The town has limited participation at present and is looking for additional entries, so anyone wishing to take part in the parade should call 674-4778.
In the Town of Pulaski, the Part Time Party Time Band will perform beach music at Calfee Park from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 4. Then, at 4 p.m., the Pulaski Mariners will take on the Princeton Rays in a minor league game at Calfee Park. Admission to the game is free that night.
The Mariners also will have home games on Saturday and Sunday that weekend, but there is an admission fee those nights.
New River Valley Fairgrounds also will sponsor an array of activities for the family July 4. Gates open at 4 p.m., with food and fun, including moon bouncers, family and children’s activities, a beach volleyball tournament, limbo competition and displays by area Emergency Services and the Army National Guard. At 5 p.m., the Star of the Blue Ridge finals competition will get underway.
Other fairgrounds events include:
• 6 p.m.: a visit by Carilion’s Life Guard 11 helicopter;
• 7:15 p.m.: a patriotic tribute;
• 7:40 p.m.: Stephanie Hurt as Hanna Montana;
• 8 p.m.: Kenny Chesney impersonator tribute; and
• 9 p.m.: Forrest Fire Dance Party.
And, of course, no 4th of July celebration would be complete without fireworks. Grucci will present a 17-minute show at the fairground at 9:20 p.m., and there also will be fireworks at Motor Mile Dragway at 10:30 p.m.
Those with an interest in automobiles and racing may want to head out to Motor Mile Speedway and Motor Mile Dragway July 4 and 5.
Gates open at 9 a.m. at the Dragway, where “Independence Drags” will be presented by the American Drag Racing League.
Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12, and free for all children under the age of six. Parking is $10.
ESPN also will be sponsoring a Car Show at the Speedway July 4-5. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The Town of Pulaski will not have a car show this year.
But the activities don’t end on Saturday.
A Boat Parade will be held at Claytor Lake Sunday, July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to decorate their boats for a competition. The parade will start at the State Park Marina.
For more information on the boat parade, call 674-0166 or email info@focl.org.

County planning Fourth of July celebration

PULASKI COUNTY — Those looking for something to do over the Independence Day holiday should find lots to keep them busy in Pulaski County.
The local July 4th Committee held its final planning meeting Thursday to make sure everything is in line for the county’s Stars & Stripes Fourth of July Celebration.
A variety of activities for all ages will be available throughout the county Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6.
Festivities kick off in Dublin at 9:30 a.m. with a flag ceremony to be held at Dublin Town Hall. It will be followed by a Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m.
Line-up for the parade will be at 10:30 a.m. at the old Dublin Primary School.
The town has limited participation at present and is looking for additional entries, so anyone wishing to take part in the parade should call 674-4778.
In the Town of Pulaski, the Part Time Party Time Band will perform beach music at Calfee Park from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 4. Then, at 4 p.m., the Pulaski Mariners will take on the Princeton Rays in a minor league game at Calfee Park. Admission to the game is free that night.
The Mariners also will have home games on Saturday and Sunday that weekend, but there is an admission fee those nights.
New River Valley Fairgrounds also will sponsor an array of activities for the family July 4. Gates open at 4 p.m., with food and fun, including moon bouncers, family and children’s activities, a beach volleyball tournament, limbo competition and displays by area Emergency Services and the Army National Guard. At 5 p.m., the Star of the Blue Ridge finals competition will get underway.
Other fairgrounds events include:
• 6 p.m.: a visit by Carilion’s Life Guard 11 helicopter;
• 7:15 p.m.: a patriotic tribute;
• 7:40 p.m.: Stephanie Hurt as Hanna Montana;
• 8 p.m.: Kenny Chesney impersonator tribute; and
• 9 p.m.: Forrest Fire Dance Party.
And, of course, no 4th of July celebration would be complete without fireworks. Grucci will present a 17-minute show at the fairground at 9:20 p.m., and there also will be fireworks at Motor Mile Dragway at 10:30 p.m.
Those with an interest in automobiles and racing may want to head out to Motor Mile Speedway and Motor Mile Dragway July 4 and 5.
Gates open at 9 a.m. at the Dragway, where “Independence Drags” will be presented by the American Drag Racing League.
Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12, and free for all children under the age of six. Parking is $10.
ESPN also will be sponsoring a Car Show at the Speedway July 4-5. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The Town of Pulaski will not have a car show this year.
But the activities don’t end on Saturday.
A Boat Parade will be held at Claytor Lake Sunday, July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to decorate their boats for a competition. The parade will start at the State Park Marina.
For more information on the boat parade, call 674-0166 or email info@focl.org.