Hope planning for next week’s Old-Fashioned Independence Day

The Yellow Trail Museum will be hosting the Hope Old-Fashioned Independence Day festivities at the Hope Town Square on the Friday before the 4th of July.

Activities start at 6 p.m. on Friday June 30th and will include an apple pie contest, the crowning of Miss and Mr. Firecracker, a bike parade, music and fireworks.

The fireworks are scheduled to start at 10 p.m.

The deadline is coming up on Wednesday, for Hope area kids to enter to reign as this year’s Miss and Mr. Firecracker.

Area children between 3 and 10 years old are invited to take part. Participants are urged to decorate cans for donations and place them around town, or to solicit donations from friends and family members. Participants must turn in their can to the Yellow Trail Museum by Wednesday. Every penny raised counts as one vote.

The winners will lead the bike, trike and stroller parade around the square.

Events include:

  • 5:30 p.m. Crafts, food, parade registration open.
  • 6 to 6:45 p.m. Apple pie contest registration.
  • 6:15 p.m. Crowning of Miss & Mr. Firecracker.
  • 6:30 p.m. Parade of decorated bikes begins.
  • 6:30-9 p.m. Bannister Family Band.
  • 6:45 p.m. Cake walk in shelter house.
  • 7 p.m. Sack races.
  • 7:30 p.m. Watermelon seed spitting contest. 7:45 p.m. Tug of war.
  • 8 p.m. Peterman Brother’s water balloon toss.
  • 10 p.m. Fireworks.