set for fireworks, festivities and fun
As America celebrates her 233rd
birthday, the Fourth of July in Ripley County will be celebrated
in style with lots of fireworks, festivities and fun for the whole
Each year the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park in Osgood, the Town
of Milan, and the Versailles State Park, are the settings for
a variety of activities including spectacular fireworks. This
year will be even better.
Ripley County Fairgrounds Park activities:
The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce will again be sponsoring
their United We Stand event on Friday, July 3 beginning
at noon. This is the ninth year for the event that offers fun
for the whole family.
There will be a variety of booths, flea markets, crafters, and
this year jumping inflatables from SpaceWalk of SEI for the children
The grandstands will be the scene for the Osgood Grub Company
Open Wheel Spectacular. If you want to see the fire breathing
700 plus HP SCORA non-wing sprint cars, midgets and more, dont
miss this event. The pits open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands
opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by racing
at 7:30 p.m.
For more race information you can call 689-1046 or 812-871-7728.
For additional general information about the event call 812-593-4001.
All race fans and drivers are invited to an After Race Party at
the Grub Co. Restaurant in Osgood, following the event.
Various local musicians will perform in the park Friday night
with a spectacular fireworks explosion at dark. The fireworks
are provided through a grant from the Gilmore and Golda Reynolds
Foundation and are detonated with precision by the Osgood Volunteer
For free booth space or additional information you can contact
the chamber office at 812-689-6654.
New this year will be the Festival in the Park at the Daren Baker
Memorial Park in Milan. The event, sponsored by the Milan Park
Board, will showcase many booths featuring games, great food,
and more including a beer garden offered by The Milan American
The first time festival will feature a dunking booth, corn hole
tournament, youth baseball tournament and super raffles throughout
Highlighting the festival will be three live bands beginning at
1:30 p.m. in the park. The Wildwood Valley Boys, featuring bluegrass,
includes Milan resident, Tony Holt. Also playing will be the Renegades,
a country-rock band, and Five Star Bash, is from Indianapolis
featuring former members of Schoolboy Crush and Speed City Rockers.
All of the bands are top notch and offer something for everyone
according to Milan Lions Club President Stormy Scherer-Berry.
Milan really celebrates the holiday beginning with an Ice Cream
Social with homemade ice cream and more at the First Baptist Church
from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3.
Bright and early on July 4, the first order of the day is breakfast
from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church where you
can eat all you can before beginning the days
The Milan Lions Club will again sponsor a parade at 11:00 a.m.,
an event that continues to grow each year. This year the Lions
Club will revive the practice of awarding trophies to the top
three floats, according to Scherer-Berry. The Grand Marshal of
this years parade has been selected. Ron Myers has been
chosen for his quiet service to the community for years.
Immediately following the parade the Milan Volunteer Fire Department
is the place to be to get a lunch of pulled pork with all the
fixins! Proceeds from the meal support the efforts of the
all volunteer department.
The day is not over by any means when lunch has been served. The
Milan VFW Post #6234 is offering a Classic Car Cruise-In beginning
at noon where all cars, trucks, and bikes are welcome. The VFW
will also be serving their famous New York Strip Special beginning
at 12:30. There is also the Milan 54 Museum, located in
the former Nichols Barber Shop of Hoosiers fame.
And, dont forget the festival in the park, which will be
going on all afternoon.
The Fourth of July celebration dates back to the 1960s when the
Lions Club first began a small celebration that has grown to the
two-day event it is today.
The day will culminate with the traditional fireworks display
at 10:00 p.m. at the high school. The fireworks, sponsored by
the Milan Town Council, can be viewed from many spots in the park
and in front of the school and as always, is free to the public.
Milans Fourth of July bash is designed with everyone
in mind, from young children to the very elderly, concluded
Scherer-Berry, who encourages everyone to celebrate Independence
Day in Milan.
Versailles State Park:
Fireworks will have an altogether different look from the Versailles
State Park Lake area as they sparkle into the sky and reflect
onto the water below.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets on Saturday night, July 4 and
set up on the lawn at the lake area at the park located just east
of Versailles on US 50. There is free entry to the park beginning
at 8 p.m. that night with the fireworks show being free of charge
According to park officials, its best to come early to get
your favorite spot for the fireworks show that will begin at 10:00
p.m. The fireworks, sponsored by the Versailles State Park, will
be displayed by firemen from the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department.