BEND AREA — The Bend Area towns of Mason and New Haven are gearing up for Independence Day activities, all planned for Monday.
Parades will be held in both towns.
The New Haven parade will begin at 11 a.m. Line-up will take place at 10:30 a.m. near the community building on Layne Street. The parade will proceed to the former NAPA building on Fifth Street.
Mason’s parade will begin at noon. Line-up will start at 11:30 a.m. on Maple Street, with the parade traveling to the park. Prizes will be given to the first-, second-, and third-place floats.
Many other activities will take place throughout the day at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park in Mason.
According to Emily Henry, council member in charge of recreation, games will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Scheduled are a watermelon-eating contest, water balloon toss, and cookie-stacking contest, among others. Monetary prizes will be given to game winners.
In addition, there will be karaoke, cornhole games and a teen basketball shootout. Water slides will be available for the children all afternoon.
Food will be offered for sale by Cornfeds, as well as the Mason Fire Department, which will have hot dogs and homemade ice cream. Other food and craft vendors are invited to set up at the park, as well.
There will be free swimming at the New Haven Municipal Pool for all ages. The pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m.
Both Mason and New Haven town halls will be closed July 4. Trash pick-up in New Haven will run a day behind. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.