Fireworks, mud volleyball at the lake Saturday
By Sherrie Williams
The annual Independence Day fireworks display and “Pay it Forward” Pig Pen Volleyball Tournament will be held Saturday at Gordon Lake.
In conjunction with the City of Iowa Park events, Lakeview Church of God will hold their annual Liberty Fest from 7 to 9 p.m.
The fireworks display will start at dark which should be around 9:20 p.m. It is sponsored by the Community Development Corporation (4-B) and the City of Iowa Park.
The fireworks will be set-up and discharged by Tyler Rushing with Rushing’s Pyrotechnics LLC.
City Manager Jerry Flemming said the walking track on the lake dam will be closed from noon Saturday until after the fireworks are completed.
The walking track lights will be turned off during the show.
There will be trash cans set up around the walking track and park area and those attending the event are asked to pick up after themselves.
In case of rain the event will be postponed until July 8.
Flemming also reminds people that it is illegal to ignite fireworks inside the city limits. Also, it is illegal to ignite fireworks at any of the City of Iowa Park Lakes which includes Middle Lake (Lake Iowa Park) and Lake Buffalo.
Pig Pen Volleyball will start at 2 p.m.
The pits are on the east side of the lake near the rest rooms on Victoria Street.
There are 15 adult and seven youth teams. Each team has selected a charity they are playing for. The winning team’s charity will receive a donation. The donation will be proceeds from team registration, t-shirt sales, and sponsor money.
The adult teams and their charities include:
Ball Busters - American Cancer Society; Can You Dig it - Iowa Park Ministerial Alliance; First Baptist Church - Iowa Park Ministerial Alliance; Team America - David Blackerby Cancer Treatment Fund; Bump Uglies - Lilianiana’s Fund; Tylers Team - SIDS; Salty Dawgs - Young Survival Coalition; Mud Dogs - American Kidney Fund; Skid Marks - American Cancer Society; No Diggity - Patsy’s House; Mudd Mafia - Humane Society; Muddy Mutts - Music 4 Mutts; Sharts - Friendly Door; Dirt Burglars - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and Bad Mudders - Hospice.
Youth teams and their charities include: Mudtastic - Compassion International; Spike First Ask questions Later - First Baptist IP Youth Mission; Bomb Squad - American Cancer Society; The Willis - Iowa Park Animal Control; Young Guns - Shriners Children’s Hospital; Mud Cats - American Kidney Fund; and One Hit Wonders - Iowa Park Animal Control.
During the tournament Music 4 Mutts will be selling lemonade, water, Gartorade, and fruit. Also, Frost Paradise will be selling snowcones.
Lakeview Church of God, 1408 Victoria Ave., will have various activities for children including bounce houses, water slides, a petting zoo and pony rides at no charge from 7 to 9 p.m.
The church’s youth will be holding a fundraiser selling hot dogs, drinks, and funnel cakes.
All proceeds from the concessions will help send the youth to International Teen Talent at Lee University.