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Lennox gears up for old-fashioned Fourth

By Wendy Sweeter

A photo from last year’s parade shows a float from Premier Bookkeeping.

A new band to the Lennox street dance will turn up the music on Saturday night.

The Devon Worley Band will make their first appearance at the Lennox Old-Fashioned 4th of July for the 10th annual street dance. Their website describes them as a country-rock band.

“They have a really good following on social media. We’re excited to bring in some new music,” said Eric Machmuller with the Lennox Commercial Club.

The street dance gates open at 6 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. Advance tickets are $7 at Sunshine, Lewis Drug, Ace Hardware or Cenex Total Stop. Tickets are $10 at the gate.

Besides the street dance, the community can come out for cruise night and the burnout contest that begins at 6 p.m.

New events this year include a volleyball tournament at West Evergreen Park at 11 a.m. July 2 and a tractor pull at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds on the north end of town at 1 p.m. on July 3.

The tractor pull is a fundraiser for the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Foundation to raise money to continue putting up the rest of the buildings on the grounds. Spectators need to enter through the north gate at the grounds. Admission is $5 per person for those 13 years old and older; 12 and younger are free. No coolers allowed.

Community worship starts at 10:30 a.m. in Westerman Park July 3.

In addition to these new events, spectators can take in the firecracker road race at 8 a.m. on July 4. Registrations for walks/races will be at the intermediate school. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Other events on the 4th include arts in the park, live music, Little Miss Lennox pageant, kids pedal pull, car show, outdoor band concert, Lennox Museum and fireworks.

For those coming to town for the parade and activities on the 4th, Machmuller suggests coming into town from the south since Boynton Avenue is closed for construction.

“Boynton will bottleneck some traffic to the north. Plan ahead. If you’re on the interstate, use the Worthing exit,” he said.

Machmuller is looking for a good turnout after visiting with food vendors who have been to other town celebrations this summer.

“We guesstimate with their success so far this year ours will be a little bit more this year because it seems like people are getting out and doing these things,” he said.


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