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An All-American Fourth of July

4th of July Celebration Includes Music, Games, Fireworks and More

“We want to celebrate our nation’s freedom with the people who help us enjoy it,” said Paula Landoll-Smith, marketing director for Landoll Corporation and one of the event organizers for the Indepence Day celebration.

Landoll Corporation and the Marshall County Arts Cooperative are inviting everyone to “An All-American 4th of July.”  The family-friendly event will take place at the Landoll hangar, Marysville Municipal Airport; admission is by freewill donation.

Outdoor games, craft stations, a live musical performance, food, drinks, and fireworks are part of the celebration.

“I was very excited to hear that Landoll Corporation was interested in partnering with the arts cooperative for another special event,” said Sally Oliver, a board member for the arts organization. “The hangar is such an unusual space, and our county definitely appreciates Landoll’s generosity.”

Last year the two groups worked together to host the “Marshall County Canteen,” a USO-style show that featured Presidio Brass, a professional brass quintet from California, and the Marshall County Community Big Band.

“We pulled a great crowd for the Canteen, and I think this event will pull that crowd plus another group,” said Landoll-Smith.  “For us it’s about the quality of life for all ages.”

Family games and craft stations will start at 4:30 p.m.  Outdoor lawn games like cornhole, ladder golf, spikeball, and four square will be available for people to play.

“When we started talking about games, we immediately thought of yard games that are family-friendly and easy for all ages,” Oliver said. “We want the afternoon to be fun for everyone.”

There will be patriotic crafts for children to make, too.

A free meal will be served at 6 p.m. compliments of Landoll Corporation.  The menu includes all-beef hot dogs, Made to Grill brats, and chips.  Citizens State Bank is providing free ice cream from Call Hall Dairy Bar, part of Kansas State University.

A pie baking contest starts at 6 p.m.  Those interested must have their pies to the hangar by 6 p.m.  Once the pies are judged, individual slices of pie will be sold for $1.

For the competition a pie is any dish that has a crust with a filling: cream, fruit, custard, and savory. Prizes will be awarded and selected by an esteemed ensemble of pie experts. 

At 7:15 p.m. the colors will be presented aerially by the Kansas State University Parachute Club during a jump.  Weather permitting.  

After the flags are displayed, there will be a salute to veterans and service men and women followed by a tribute to first responders.

The musical group Four By Four will perform at 7:30 p.m.  Their concert celebrates the legendary music of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Bee Gees, and Motown.  The two-act show features classic pop songs performed in fully staged and choreographed production numbers.

“I am looking forward to the music of Four by Four,” Oliver said. “This group should be entertaining as well as fun to sing along with.”

The evening culminates with a fireworks display designed by Sterling Clark, Marysville.

Chris Grauer, a local pilot, will offer helicopter rides from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m.  Two people may ride at a time.  Cost is $45 per person.

Plenty of parking is available in the Landoll parking lot off of North Street and 20th Street.  Shuttles will be available to bring people to and from the parking lot and event.  Handicapped parking is available close to the event location.

“We feel it is important to give back to the community that gives to us every day,” Landoll-Smith said.  “We also do events like this to encourage others from other communities to take a look at Landoll and the progressive community that Marysville is.  Maybe we can entice them to move to our area.”

More information is available at the arts cooperative’s website, marshallcountyarts.org or by calling 785-713-9866.

12 Reasons to Visit Marysville This Christmas

12.  The Sounds of the Season:  The sounds of the season ring throughout the month of December. From Martyn Lucas’ Christmas concert to the community choir’s cantata, let the songs of Christmas brighten your holiday.

 

11.  Smells & Tastes:  It wouldn’t be Christmas without candies, cookies and sweet treats!  Let others do the baking for you at the St. Gregory’s Cookie & Candy Sale. Then, warm up with some delicious hot chocolate at the Wagon Wheel Café before you head out to view the Light Up Marysville Christmas Lighting Contest!

 

10.  The Lights: Cast your vote in the city’s second annual Christmas lighting contest, Light Up Marysville. Homes and businesses are competing for your vote. You’ll have fun voting for the Clark Griswold Award, which congratulates the home that lights up Marysville all on its own, or Reason for the Season, which is for the home most resembling a classic Christmas!  Voting begins December 1st!

 

9.  Children:  Experience the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child. Kids have the chance to enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 2nd at the Naughty or Nice Breakfast at Lincoln Center. PJs are encouraged!

 

8.  The Shopping:  You’ll love the personal attention you receive when you shop in Marysville. Plus, you don’t have to fight traffic jams or deal with parking garages when you shop in Black Squirrel City. You’ll feel like you’re shopping in a big city, but with the conveniences of a small town.

 

7.  Giving:  Christmas brings out the best in our community. Whether through Blue Valley Tele-Communication’s Giving Tree, donations to the Marshall County Food Pantry or support of our local Pony Express Partnership for Children (PEPC), Marysville residents are dedicated to giving back. Want a way to give back? Be sure to stop by the PEPC Festival of Trees from November 28th to December 3rd to bid on some wonderful holiday decor and support this great organization that has served more than 160 local families!

 

6.  Our Churches:  Marysville’s churches will help you find the reason for the season. With special services throughout the month, Marysville’s faith community invites you to worship with them to celebrate the Savior’s birth.

 

5.  Our History:  You’ll get a feel for Marysville’s rich history on the “Christmas Homes Tour” on December 2nd!  You’ll get a feel for Marysville as you enjoy stops at two of Marysville’s Museums:  the Marshall County Courthouse and the Koester House!

 

4.  Santa Claus:  Marysville is Santa’s favorite place to shop. He likes it so much that he’s at his house every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm and every Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm. Don’t miss the magical lights in the garden south of Santa’s house!

 

3.  Our Downtown:  Unique shops fill Marysville’s downtown. You’ll find gifts for everyone on your list, and you’ll receive personal attention from the friendly merchants. You’ll feel the Christmas spirit as you travel down the brick streets and wonder among the historic buildings. Our downtown is just one of the reasons why we were recently named one of KANSAS Magazine’s “Favorite Small Towns in Kansas”!

 

2.  The Black Squirrels:  In between Christmas shopping and voting in the Light Up Marysville competition, make sure to see the 21 squirrels that are part of Black Squirrels on Parade. They are all uniquely designed — you’ll want to take a selfie with each one. Don’t miss out on the black squirrel merchandise sold at many of the local shops!

 

  1.  Our Traditions:  The best parts of the season are repeated year after year! One of our best Christmas traditions is Santa’s Christmas Parade through Downtown Marysville! What a great way to kickoff the Christmas season and welcome Santa Claus to town!