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Madison County holding special 4th of July celebration

The Fredericktown Area Optimist Club has partnered with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce for this year’s Madison County Bicentennial 4th of July Celebration at Rotary Park.

The event will start at 6 p.m. on July 4. At that time people will be able to save their spots just north of the concession stand.

“New this year, be sure to come early enough to enjoy music, booths of local vendors and bubbles, carnival type games, dunking booth, regatta boats and other free activities for youth prior to the show hosted by local businesses and organizations,” Optimist Club member Juli Kline said.

Kline said with encouragement from the city of Fredericktown, the two groups have been pursuing the project with a goal of raising $5,000 and matching the monetary donations with hours of volunteerism as a way to bring the community together and to advance the well being of youth and Madison County as a whole.

“The Optimist Club always does a great job putting on the event and the fireworks last year were amazing,” Madison County Chamber of Commerce President Tessa Rehkop said. “The Chamber wanted to get involved this year to make it even bigger for the bicentennial. Some of the things planned include a slip and slide, dunking booth, bicycle parade, face paining and my personal fave, real live unicorns.” 

Fredericktown Police Chief Eric Hovis and Mayor Kelly Korokis are scheduled to be two of the dunking booth participants. 

The Optimist Club will hold its annual Parade on Wheels event where kids ages 3 to 10 decorate anything on wheels including wagons, bicycles, tricycles etc. Awards will be presented to the best decorations with special prizes for those who decorate in a bicentennial or Independence Day theme.

The entry fee to participate is canned goods which will be donated to the food pantry.

The concession stand will have drinks, snow cones, pizza (donated by Domino’s), hot dogs, nachos and more. The fireworks display, funded by donations from local businesses and organizations, will begin at dark, around 9 p.m.

“It’s always packed at dark for the fireworks and we’d like to encourage everyone to come at 6 p.m. to save a good spot on the grass and have some fun,” Rehkop said.

Kline said 100 percent of money raised goes toward the fireworks display and the costs are increased due to special event insurance needed to put on this type of event.

“Enjoy an evening of fun and celebrate your community,” Kline said. “We are still accepting entries for booths, offered for free.” 

If you are interesting in donating, having a booth or have any questions contact Juli Kline at 573-783-3303 or at

The 2018 4th of July Celebration with begin at 6 p.m. on July 4 at Rotary Park.

The 2018 4th of July Celebration with begin at 6 p.m. on July 4 at Rotary Park.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at

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