Iola Elks plan family fun, fishing, fireworks


July 1, 2014 - 12:00 AM

The Iola Elks Lodge will host activities for folks of all ages Friday for their annual Independence Day celebration.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the annual Ed Hendrix Fishing Derby, open to those 16 or younger.
Gates open at 7:30 with registration starting at 8 o’clock. Bait will be provided. Participants will receive a free T-shirt, entry prize and lunch.  Parents or guardians must be on hand to sign in their child.
The awards presentation begins at 11:30, at which time lunch will be provided: hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks.
A land box turtle race — participants must bring their own turtle — is set for 12:30 p.m.
Kids games run from 12:30 to 3 o’clock.
A carp fishing tournament, available for a $5 registration fee, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. A cash prize goes to whoever lands the largest carp. The contest is available to all ages. Anybody under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Prize drawings, a silent auction and chicken drop games begin at 3:45.
Concessions will be sold in the evening before the celebration is capped by a  massive fireworks display after dusk.
Participants also are invited to bring their summer swimwear to cool off in the designated swimming area. One note: no lifeguard is on duty.
The Elks have set up a Facebook page — Iola Ed Hendrix’s Fishing Derby and Fireworks Display. For more information, call Lynda Beth, (620) 363-2470.

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