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July 3, 2013

Lots to do for rainy holiday weekend

The community will have many activities to choose from on the Fourth of July involving fireworks shows, musical entertainment, and eating contests.

Whether you’re in Cullman County or the City of Cullman, families can visit a free or low-cost event for the celebration of Independence Day.

Locations that will host activities include: Cullman Heritage Park, Festhalle, OHV Park, and Smith Lake Park.

 Smith Lake Park will host a Fourth of July Blowout beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The event will include music, contests, craft and food vendors and a fireworks show. The admission is $5 per person.

The schedule includes:

 Music:

10-11 a.m.- Ally Knight

12-1 p.m.- Clog Wild Cloggers

1-2p.m. -Willie Nelson Tribute by Wayne Abbott

2-4 p.m.- The Heaton Brothers

5-9 p.m.- The Blake Scott Band

Family Fun:

11-11:30 a.m.- Child and Adult Milk chuggin’ contest and ice cream eating contest.

11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.- Kids bike decorating contest and golf cart decorating contest.

The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. The gate admission will not include putt-putt golf or pool admission costs.

Cullman Heritage Park will host Desperation Church’s free firework festival beginning at 7 p.m.

The Festhalle Farmers Market will open Thursday at 8 a.m. and run until noon. Area farmers and vendors will be at the Market selling produce, fresh baked breads, jams, jellies and other items that can accompany a Fourth of July celebration.

OHV Park will offer a Night Ride event on Saturday, July 6.

The National Weather Service describes the Fourth of July for Cullman to be rainy, but with fair temperatures. Meteorologist Jennifer Schuller said a stubborn storm will be lingering around for most of the weekend. Thursday  will see day-time temperatures in the 80’s and upper 60’s to mid-70’s overnight.

"Tomorrow will see a 70 percent of rain with likely showers and thunderstorms across the Cullman area," Schuller said. "Tomorrow night, it appears that chance will still carry over. It’s one of those 'make sure you have family plans indoors as well'  type of weekend. It’s also an important time to remember your lightning safety rules outside when you're waiting for fireworks. If you do see lightning strike, you need to head indoors."

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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