BEND AREA — New Haven and Mason are joining forces for a new concept to the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
While both municipalities have longtime traditions of hosting Independence Day parades, this year’s events will contain a theme and prize money.
New Haven Recorder Roberta Hysell announced the theme of the parades as “The Constitution.” Families, churches and civic organizations will have until the deadline of June 25 to register their intent to enter a float in the new contest. She said both towns wanted to announce the contest early to give residents time to come up with an idea.
Hysell said veterans will be judging the contest. She added that the idea for the event is the brainchild of New Haven Councilman Ken Vickers.
“It seems like the parades really don’t pertain a lot to our freedom,” Vickers said. “The Constitution is so very important to us.”
Prize money will be awarded by the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 in New Haven. Mason’s prize money will be donated by the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926. The top float in each town will get $75; second place will receive $50; and third place, $25.
Both parades will take place on Fri., July 4. New Haven’s will begin at 11 a.m., and Mason’s at noon.
Contest entries are limited to the Letart, New Haven, Hartford and Mason areas. To register for the New Haven contest, call the city building at 304-882-3203. Call the Mason City Building at 304-773-5200 to register for the Mason event.
Both towns will hold additional events on July 4. Plans will be announced at a later date.