The Ararat Volunteer Fire Department will be offering a morning of family fun in celebration of Independence Day on Tuesday, continuing a longstanding holiday tradition in the community.
The day will begin with a parade, with line-up scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at Blackwater United Methodist Church on Siloam Road. According to organizers, the annual parade is open to all entries that can be “pushed, pulled or dragged,” with floats particularly encouraged to take part. No entry fee or preregistration is required.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m., making its way to the Ararat Fire Station. Candy is encouraged and may be tossed to spectators along the route.
“We love to see colorful floats and decorations,” noted Ararat VFD Captain Joy Masten. “And we always have some awesome golf carts.”
Upon arrival at the fire station, estimated to be around 10, an assortment of food and activities will be offered for the entire family.
Members of the Ararat Masonic Lodge will be on hand with barbecue sandwiches and will also host a gun raffle.
Fire department personnel will be offering hot dogs, chips, drinks and ice cream, with proceeds to benefit the department. A raffle will also be held for a forty-quart ORCA cooler along with a separate 50/50 drawing.
In the popular annual “mayor’s election,” assorted challengers will battle to replace young incumbent Bailey Key. She is the daughter of Ararat Fire Chief Wes Key.
Activities in place for youngsters will include a “Fire Truck” bounce house.
A fire prevention information booth will also offer coloring books and activity sheets for children.
“And we’re hoping to have some live music,” Masten said. “This is an opportunity for our community to come out, meet the firemen, tour the department and have a fun Fourth of July. It’s a good day for family and community.”