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Fun-filled Fourth planned in area

Mitchell's annual fireworks display is among the area events Friday to mark Independence Day.

Once it gets dark, the annual Mitchell Exchange Club display over Lake Mitchell will cap the day. The show starts at about 10 p.m., with the fireworks being shot from Windy Point, near the West End Bridge. The show costs $12,850, with the city of Mitchell paying $7,500 and the Mitchell Exchange Club raising the remaining $5,350.

"One of our core values is Americanism, and so this goes hand in hand with that," said Mitchell Exchange Club President Troy Eilts. "It's a great way for us to support the community with something that everyone enjoys."

The group is still accepting donations for the show. Those can be mailed to the Mitchell Exchange Club, PO Box 811, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.

RES Speciality Pyrotechnics, of Belle Plaine, Minn., will shoot the fireworks again this year.

Earlier Friday, the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell will be the site of events and music during its Independence Day Celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ice cream, watermelon and lemonade will be available, along with the music of Uncle Roy and Friends, led by Roy King, of Armour. Admission to the event and museum is free, but donations are encouraged.

Following are some other Fourth of July events in the Mitchell area.


The Fourth of July will be a fun-filled kids' day with a bike safety rodeo at 10 a.m., bike races, foot races and water games at 1 p.m., and a free watermelon feed at 3 p.m. Tripp-Delmont will take on Armour in an amateur baseball game at 7 p.m., and a fireworks display will follow the game.


A Fourth of July celebration held in conjunction with South Dakota's 125th anniversary will be at the city park. A community potluck will be held at 5 p.m., historical tribute to South Dakota and the city of Ethan at 6 p.m., plus games, a scavenger hunt and a raffle. The Ethan Fire Department will shoot fireworks at dusk.


The city of Freeman will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday at the baseball and softball complex. The town chislic stand opens at noon, along with children's activities. Youth baseball and softball games are expected to start at noon, as well. The Freeman Black Sox baseball team will take on its traditional Fourth of July foe Tabor beginning at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the game at around 10:10 p.m.


The Menno American Legion post will hold the annual Independence Day parade at 11 a.m. Friday. Parade entries should be in line by 9 a.m. The parade's theme is "Let Freedom Ring." A town baseball game will be at 7:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.


The TPBR Bull-O-Rama is Thursday night, starting at 6:30. A street dance will be held on Main Street from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with $10 admission. The Firecracker Annual 5K run, walk, 1 mile run and half-mile youth race start on Friday at 9 a.m., at the corner of Eighth and College streets. Registration is from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m., at Club Fit. A Fourth of July celebration will be held at the Springfield Marina starting at 5 p.m. Friday, including food vendors, a cakewalk, dunk tank, face painting, inflatables and live music. The crowning of the frog queen and frog jump will be at 8 p.m., and the city fireworks display will begin at dusk. Saturday includes co-ed volleyball, horseshoe and bean bag tournaments, starting at 10 a.m.

Wessington Springs

The Fourth of July Celebration kicks off with a Walk & Run for Wellness, with the 8 a.m. Friday 5K Race and the 9 a.m. 1.5-mile walk at the city park, raising funds for the city tornado relief fund. Barrel racing will be at 10 a.m. at the rodeo grounds, the parade at 2 p.m., turtle races at Avera Weskota Manor at 3:30 p.m., an Old Timer's Baseball Game at 5 p.m., home run contest at 6:30 p.m., co-ed softball at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.


The Woonsocket Water Festival 2014 starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. The theme is Red, White and Blue: Celebrating South Dakota's 125th anniversary and all military past and present.

Thursday's events include alumni social hour, all school alumni banquet and fireman's dance. Friday starts with a tractor run, parade, barbecue fundraiser for FFA, car-truck-tractor display, class reunions, swimming, 3-on-3 jam ball, volleyball tournament, water golf, canoe races, Legion bingo, fireman's challenge, brisket cook off, boating on the lake, Skeeter's Street Dance and a fireworks display on the lake. Saturday's events include a fishing derby for kids, 5K run, kids' games, open swimming, volleyball tournament, turtle races, bean bag tournament, fireman's ATV races, swimming competition, pig roast and an ultimate eating challenge. On Sunday, there will be a pancake feed at St. Wilfrid's, alumni basketball game and Boy Scout bingo.