4th on the 3rd slated

FORT PLAIN — The 32nd annual 4th on the 3rd, Fourth of July Celebration, sponsored by the Fort Plain Community Activities Council, complete with a fireworks display, will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at Wiles Park.

The day will start at 8 a.m. with a free fishing derby, sponsored by Sportsman’s Den. The derby will have adult and children’s classes. Participants may preregister at the Sportsman’s Den or sign up that morning. The derby runs until 2 p.m., and winners will be announced at 7 p.m. at the park.

All events except for the bounce house, inflatable slide, obstacle course, tethered hot air balloon rides and the Games-On-The Go video game trailer are free.

Festivities at the park begin at noon with a performance by the Chris United Band. The bounce house, inflatable slide and obstacle course will open at 1 p.m. Also, at 1 p.m., craft booths and nonprofit booths will open, and the concession stand will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, smokehouse specialties, soda and water. These events run until 9:45 p.m.

FLAME, The Band, will perform from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

New to the entertainment line-up this year will be Bagpiper Chris McGurk, who will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Bug Country Radio, sponsored by Hilltop Tire, will do a remote broadcast from the park from 5 to 7 p.m. Also, from 5 to 7, participants can experience Quick Portraits by Mr. D or test their skills at the Games-On-The-Go video games trailer.

Kids young and old will enjoy the artistry of a balloon artist and the Juggling and Circus Entertainment of Scotty Nut-Nut from 5 to 9 p.m.

Free Just for Fun BINGO will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., and prizes will be awarded.

From 6 to 6:30 p.m., the AMVET ceremony “Veterans Helping Veterans” will take place in the entertainment tent. Bagpiper Chris McGurk will play patriotic tunes, Congressman Antonio Delgado will offer Independence Day remarks, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guard will perform a rifle volley salute.

Participants can watch the sunset from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in a tethered hot air balloon ride offered for a charge by Airborne Adventures.

The featured entertainer for the evening, Donny Elvis, will perform in the entertainment tent from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Finally, at 9:45pm, the Enormous Fireworks Display, underwritten by the Big Bang Club and the Yerdon Foundation, will take place A community bonfire will follow at 10 p.m.

Dogs and smoking are not allowed in park, per village ordinances.