6/29/2012 3:57:00 PM Festivities on tap for Fourth
A full day of festivities is planned in Lions Park July 4 to help Othello celebrate Independence Day in style. The Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Fourth of July celebration, which will feature this year sport contests, professional entertainment, games and more. The chamber has really stepped up their game, president Shawn Logan said at a city council meeting July 25. They have added new events to make sure there is fun for the whole family. The master of ceremonies for the event will be Mikayla Parris, who will be a senior at Othello High School next summer. She acted as the master of ceremonies for part of the Relay for Life last year. She looks forward to being part of this event, she said. Several competitions throughout the day will offer a little something for everyone. Everything from an art show, to bike tricks, to a three-legged race and a talent show will ask locals to strut their stuff. There will also be a strong man competition, a police versus fire department tug of war and an ice cream eating contest. The July 4 parade will make its way down Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. During the parade, the mayor and council members will pick up any food donations along the route, to be given to the Othello Food Bank. Live entertainment will also be featured. In addition to local speakers, dancers, karate stars and musicians, professional ventriloquist Jerry Breeden and hypnotist Jerry Harris will be on hand to delight crowds. Breeden is a singer, magician, musician and ventriloquist. His show features multiple characters and offers fun for the whole family. Harris is one of the most sought-after hypnotists in the country. His professional training and many years of experience will get the crowd interested in the act. He is considerate of his subjects while guiding them through hilarious and creative suggestions. Big Top the Clown will also be at the park offering some fun. A community church service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the park. For food, there will be several vendors at the park and the Othello Rotary Club will host their annual breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. For a full schedule, contact Basin Insurance, city hall or The Othello Outlook or see the special section included in this newspaper.