June 30, 2010

Arnegard is the place to be this Fourth of July

By Tina Foreman
Farmer Staff Writer

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and Arnegard will be the place to be. From the Breakfast In The Park to the fireworks at dusk, there is something for everyone and the fun lasts all day.
The festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with Breakfast In The Park until 10 a.m. But if you don’t want to get up too early, you can get your breakfast at the Ladies Aid Pie Booth which opens at 10 a.m.
A highlight of every year’s celebration is the Parade down Main Street, and this year is sure to be just as good as last year’s with horses, floats and of course, old cars. If you’re interested in being part of the parade, the registration lineup is at 10:30 a.m. at the Arnegard City Hall or you can get more information by calling Bryan at 586-3023. Everyone, especially businesses are encouraged to bring their cars, trucks, bikes, tractors, float or whatever they can think of to take part in the parade.
Noon brings on more food with the famous Arnegard Beef Barbecue. It doesn’t get much better than pulled beef sandwiches and baked beans followed by ice cream.
This year’s beef has been donated by the Lloyd and Julia Anderson family with the ice cream being donated by McKenzie County Bank. The meal will be served in the park by the Arnegard Lions.
“After 92 years of living in Arnegard, I decided it was my turn to donate the beef,” says Lloyd Anderson. “It’s something that most everyone does once, and I figure I don’t have that many Fourth of July’s left, so I did it this year.”
Lloyd is excited to spend the Fourth in Arnegard surrounded by his family and friends as they enjoy lunch and the rest of the festivities.
“It’s kind of fun doing this,” added Lloyd. “I saw some of the buttons and the picture looks pretty nice. I guess I will see my face a lot around the park on Sunday.”
Following lunch will be a program recognizing area veterans and the Anderson family.
While the adults rest and let their lunch settle, the kids can run and play from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kids Fun Zone sponsored by the Arnegard Lions and funded by local businesses. Inflatable games will be set up for kids off all ages with a Tractor Pull scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.
When the games deflate, the park is where you’ll want to be for Music in the Park by Nick Marble. The music will run from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by the big fireworks finale.
The fireworks display will be just south of the Old School Bed & Breakfast starting at dusk or around 10:30 p.m.
The Fourth of July is a special holiday celebrating our freedom, and Arnegard is excited to provide an entire day filled with fun activities for the whole family, and all it takes to get in is a $2 button.