July 13, 2018

Great fun on the Fourth of July at Hurricane City Park, during the Hot Dog Eating Contest on Wednesday.

HURRICANE — Another great and much anticipated celebration of our nation’s birthday took place in Hurricane last Wednesday, July 4.

Traditionally the City of Hurricane has provided free entertainment to the public starting with the parade on Main Street in Hurricane. This year, the city partnered up with the Putnam Parks & Recreation Commission to give an opportunity for local families to have all-day fun with a variety of activities.

“We made a good team choice for our community,” Jarrod Dean, director of Putnam County Parks & Recreation, said on social media about this collaboration.

The celebration started at 10 a.m. with a Ninja Warrior Competition, which took place at an all-new obstacle course at the Valley Park, and is sure

to become a tradition. Generous prizes, including passes to Waves of Fun wave pool, were awarded to best time winners in two age categories — adults and kids.

Then, the public got to enjoy hours of musical entertainment featuring bands like Fletcher’s Grove and Shultz Creek, and local restaurants brought out their food trucks to provide delicious fare.

After the parade through downtown Hurricane at 4 p.m., the celebration was moved to the Hurricane City Park with more music, a petting zoo, inflatables, games, and a famous hot dog eating competition.

As always, the city generously provided free sno-cones, ice cream and cotton candy. And, of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without the fireworks.

The mesmerizing pyrotechnics show started at 10 p.m. at the City Park.

In response to some citizens’ inquiries about why the fireworks set-off location has been changed, Mayor Scott Edwards explained that it was “due to the fallout zone encompassing the new soccer field,” and they couldn’t “chance burning a hole in the new turf.”

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