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Celebrating the Fourth of July
RUMFORD -- The River Valley Fourth of July Celebration Committee has stepped up and planned a great day of fun and festivities for the community and its visitors this Thursday.
The gates at the Hosmer Field Complex will open at 3 p.m as vendors, (food, novelty items, organizations, etc.) will be set up around Chet Bulger Field.
About this time, musical entertainment will get underway, provided by Jamie Virgin and Gary Petrie. More music will follow, with Jimmy Austin (featuring Kenny Chapman on percussion) at 4, Celtic Music from PEI (see page 2) will be on the docket at 5, Jimmy Austin and Kenny Chapman perform at 6:15. Then, Celtic music at 7:15, followed by Jamie and Gary at 8.
Beginning at 3:45, Scot Grassette will begin a busy day of entertainment with balloon, juggling, magic and escape acts.
Grassette will use balloons for a quick demonstration of comedy, sculpture and stunts. Next, you will find him juggling an assortment of items including hula hoops, a bowling ball and half gallons of ice cream. Then the audience may participate in the magic act. Grassette’s final performance of the day will be at 7 p.m. with an incredible escape from a canvas bag.
The bag will be on display for the public to examine throughout the event. It is a canvas sack similar to those used in bulk mail delivery. A solid steel rod is threaded through the grommets and two locks will secure Grassette inside, shackled with additional locks and chains. The challenge is to escape within 60 seconds.
With all this going on, there will be games for the kids from 5-8 p.m. (a big hit with the kids the last two years).
Meanwhile, Len Greaney, who is working a project to place a memorial in Veterans' Park to honor the 4,100 veterans from Rumford who have served since the Revolutionary War, said he will have a tent on the field where he will entertain questions and hopes to gather additional information from the public and veteran.
He said he will set up 10 wooden panels (four feet tall and 30 inches wide) to display the names and any available service information for the vets.
"I've decided to display all known River Valley Korean War vet names on the panels. Originally, I had planned to display only
Rumford Korean War vets. There are 1,031 River Valley Korean war vets listed on my database. On July 4th I hope to have vets and family members review the panels (vet names in alphabetical order) and provide additional names in case I have not listed all of the vets," said Greaney.
The American Legion will present a Veterans Memorial Ceremony at 8:45. The Mountain Valley High School chorus will sing the National Anthem at 9:15 and the fabulous fireworks display will start at approximately 9:18.
This celebration is free of charge, but donations to fund the fireworks and other elements of the festival are welcome.