Independence Day fun in store


July 2, 2012 - 12:00 AM


Independence Day fun is in store for folks throughout Allen County this week.

The July 4 activities kick off bright and early Wednesday with the Iola Elks Lodge sponsoring the annual Ed Hendrix Fishing Derby and Fireworks Display. The events take place at Elks Lake south of Iola.

The fishing derby begins at 8 a.m. for any youths 16 and younger, although they must be accompanied by an adult.

Every child will get a free T-shirt, entry prizes and lunch. Registration starts at 8; fishing at 9.

A carp fishing tournament is open to adults Wednesday afternoon, with a cash prize for the largest carp landed.

Other games are scheduled throughout the day.

A swimming area is open to those looking to cool off in the warm summer heat.

The day finishes with a bang, literally, shortly after dusk with the Elks’ fireworks extravaganza.

Donations still are being accepted. Call (620) 380-6440 for details.

Gerry and Chad Diltz will offer, for the 30th consecutive year, a fireworks show for the residents of Gas Wednesday evening.

The Diltzes operate Black Cat Fireworks along U.S. 54 in Gas, shutting down Wednesday evening in time to set up their own show near the Crossroads Learning Center building.

SOME aren’t waiting until Wednesday.

Moran Manor is offering a potluck dinner this evening starting at 6. A fireworks show starts at dusk.

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