Enjoy a Star Spangled 4th in Hardtner

By REX ZIMMERMAN

It’s time to celebrate America! The town of Hardtner will hold its 58th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4, with activities planned for all day long. There are games and activities for all ages all day long both downtown and in beautiful Achenbach Park.

The celebration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Little Firecracker Contest held at the American Legion Building downtown. Those young ladies will then join many, many other floats and entries at 10:00 a.m. for the big 4th of July Parade down Main Street. There is $1,000 in prize money to be awarded the best floats or entries.

The first clue in the Medallion Hunt will be given right after the parade.

At 11:00 a.m. the Veteran’s Program gets underway at the United Methodist Church. Veterans are always a special focus of the Hardtner 4th Celebration and this year the featured speaker will be WWII veteran and retired Kiowa physician Dr. M.D. Christensen.

Following the program, a free lunch will be held at the church beginning at noon. Yur Place will also be open for lunch on Monday.

A big Volleyball Tournament tips off at 12 noon at Achenbach Park and there is Free Swimming at the spacious Hardtner Pool from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Achenbach Park will be the focus of an entertaining afternoon as Bike Races get started at 2:00 p.m. followed by Turtle Races at 3:00 p.m.

Free BBQ Beef Sandwiches will begins serving at the Park at 4:00 p.m., followed by the annual White Elephant Auction at 5:00 p.m. Donations are still needed for the auction, which is the primary fundraiser for the fireworks show each year. If you have items to donate, contact Syd Sterling at Yur Place.

If you are a vendor, you are welcome to set up your stand at the park on Monday.

At dark, the best fireworks show in Southern Kansas celebrates our American heritage as thousands will watch the festivities, accompanied by patriotic music. Other entertainment for the evening will be provided by Local Boyz Entertainment with music for all ages.