WEST MILTON — The traditional West Milton Fourth of July festival kicks off on Friday, June 29, and ends with fireworks in the park on July 4.
The five-day celebration features the traditional rides and fireworks, but adds live entertainment and more options for families.
“We’re trying to make it bigger than it has been in the past,” organizer Steven Applegate said.
Applegate came on board recently, following the death of long-time organizer Jack Scudmore earlier this year. He said the newly-formed organizing committee has taken the festival Scudmore helmed for many years and tried to build on it, hoping to add even more fun activities to the local tradition.
Amusement rides open Friday evening at 6 p.m. and are open afternoons and evenings June 29-July 4. Lions Club bingo will run from 6-9 p.m. on July 2-3 and 6-10 p.m. on July 4.
On July 4, the festival gets even bigger, Applegate said. Located in West Milton Municipal Park — and now extending up to the top of the hill — this year’s event will include live music.
The Rocketdogs will be playing classic rock hits on July 4. They’ll be onstage from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday night at the top of the hill behind Wertz Hardware. A Milton-Union high school student will provide some opening entertainment before the band takes the stage, Applegate said.
Other new additions include the Bulldog Water Balloon War Zone, which will help raise funds for the festival’s fireworks fund. For $3, participants can buy 10 balloons, or 20 for $5, and cool off while taking on their friends and neighbors.
There will also be games and prizes, as well as balloon animals by Lucky the Clown, for the younger crowd at this year’s festival.
“And we can’t forget the parade,” Applegate said.
On Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., the annual West Milton Independence Day Hometown Parade will begin. This year’s grand marshal is longtime resident and American Legion leader Al Daum.
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