It’s a big year for Patterson, and Fourth of July organizers want folks to come out and have some fun.
“I would like to invite the community,” said Ellen Calmettes, general chairwoman. “I think this is going to be a fun event. Since it’s Patterson’s Centennial, it would be great if the residents of Patterson supported the Fourth of July Centennial Celebration.”
The day will open at 11 a.m., with Boy Scouts and other local groups leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Folks won’t have to wait long for the 11:30 a.m. parade to start. Parade organizer Kristen Kinnear is still taking entries. The parade will start at Salado Avenue and El Circulo, continue around the Circle and then up North Third Street
Meanwhile, Patterson volunteer firefighters will be busy at the grill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Firefighters will cook hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch for a small fee. The beer booth will be open from noon to 10 p.m.
Also, over in the South Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., players can test their skills in a horseshoe tournament.
There will be plenty for the youngsters to do from noon to 5 p.m. in the Kids Zone in the South Park. Some fun activities include hair braiding, storytelling and some old-fashioned games for the kids to play.
For those who want to move indoors, bingo will be played from 1 to 5 p.m. at US Bank, 13 Plaza. Soroptimist International of Patterson will host a fashion show chronicling the history of fashion from each decade from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in City Hall, 1 Plaza. Soroptmist members are selling tickets now.
The Patterson Lions Club will be cooking up a boxed tri-tip sandwich dinner that includes corn on the cob and watermelon from 4 to 7 p.m. Deliveries will be available. Tickets are available from any Lion, from Calmettes at US Bank or at the park.
The entertainment stage will be rockin’ with all types of music and demonstrations from noon to 7 p.m. Some of the entertainment includes Patterson Gymnastics and the Old Time Fiddlers.
Then folks can hang out from 7 to 10 p.m. to dance to live music provided by Terrance Darkhorse.
Colton Dennis, entertainment chairman, was still working on booking entertainment as of press time.
“I’m excited,” Colton said. “I hope we have a great turnout.”
• Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.