|
|
|
Morning Sun
  • Wide variety of activities at Pittsburg 4th of July

  • There seemed to be something for everyone at the Pittsburg Fourth of July celebration on Thursday.

    The day started off with a 5K, a Zumbathon, a fishing derby and a car show. And the events were only getting started.

    • email print
  • There seemed to be something for everyone at the Pittsburg Fourth of July celebration on Thursday.
    The day started off with a 5K, a Zumbathon, a fishing derby and a car show. And the events were only getting started.
    "We have a lot of events that are traditional, like the bocce tournament and the horseshoe tournament. This year, we hear a lot of, 'It's always the same thing,' and we really tried to add to the Fourth of July with new activities," said Kim Vogel, Pittsburg Parks and Recreation director.
    The new events this year included a hole-in-one contest, a beer garden, and a ladder golf contest.
    One of the biggest attractions was not new, but it wasn't around last year -- the mock battle put on along the creek running through Lincoln Park by the local National Guard. Vogel said it was "back by popular demand," but that wasn't the whole truth.
    "We've been pretty tight on money from the state," said Staff Sgt. Rudy Draper, who helped organize the event. "This year, we didn't have our annual training because of deployments, so we had extra ammunition and were able to do it."
    The ammunition became an attraction, as children and community members swarmed on the spent shell casings after the mock battle was completed.
    The mock battle also featured a few new weapons for the National Guard, like a new Mossberg shotgun the soldiers had just received two weeks ago.
    Of course, the big attraction of the day was not the mock battle, but the annual fireworks show, held at 10 p.m. All told, Vogel said she expected a five-figure attendance at Lincoln Park through the entire day.
    "We always just estimate about 10,000 people. That includes the visitors and everyone that stops to watch the fireworks," Vogel said. "But all those people are scattered throughout the area. If we had the ability to count, we think it'd be about 10,000 people."
    With so many events and activities, it's taken months to get to this point. And Vogel said the planning for next year may have already started.
    "It starts as soon as the celebration ends. We just start over," she said.
        • »  EVENTS CALENDAR