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Bismarck is the ‘hot’ place to be over holiday

BISMARCK – Farmington has Country Days. Desloge has the Labor Day Picnic. Leadington has the Family Festival. The place to be on the Fourth of July is Bismarck. Each year the community hosts its annual Freedom Festival.

The event will kick off Monday morning with a parade at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade needs to line up behind the Bismarck School at 9 a.m.

Following the parade there will be a flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m. on the Bismarck school grounds.

“It’s just a good ole’ fashioned country picnic,” said event organizer Jim Peterson. “People come from all over to the picnic. It’s a lot of fun at reasonable prices. We always have the best fireworks around.”

Peterson said all of the festivities will take place on the campus of the Bismarck School District.

“We are going to have all kinds of food ranging from barbecue to fish dinners to funnel cakes,” Peterson said. “There will be carriage rides and carnival rides for the kids. We are even going to have a bungee jump and a mechanical bull. All in all, we are looking at having 45-50 booths.”

Toba Welch, who is in charge of the volleyball tournament, said there are only going to be eight teams allowed and four teams have already registered.

“A big success of the festival is the volleyball tournament,” Welch said. “It is a recreational co-ed tournament. There will be six-person teams with an entry fee of $50 per team. Pre-registration is being conducted at City Hall. Play will consist of round robin. The tournament will start at 11 a.m. or at the conclusion of the parade.

Peterson said beginning at1 p.m., the music show will get under way with karaoke.

“After the karaoke we will have live music that will run up until the fireworks at 9 p.m.,” Peterson said. “It’s going to be good food, good people and good entertainment. How can you beat that?”

The City of Bismarck is reminding its residents that fireworks may only be discharged within the city limits July 1-5. On each night there will be an 11 p.m. curfew for setting off fireworks. No bottle rockets or similar rockets are permitted. All fireworks are restricted to private property and may not be discharged on city streets or on city property. Anyone wishing to set off fireworks must obtain a permit from the Bismarck City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no charge for the permit.

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