BEND AREA — Mother Nature unleashed her rainy fury on the towns of New Haven, Mason and Middleport, Ohio, on Monday, ruining all plans for Independence Day activities.
But while the towns were forced to cancel their respective parades, other activities were simply put on hold.
In New Haven, along with the parade, a free swim day for all ages was planned at the municipal pool. That event has been rescheduled for July 10, according to volunteer pool manager Bernita Allen.
Mason had a full schedule of events planned at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. Among the activities were children’s games, such as a watermelon-eating contest, water balloon toss, and cookie-stacking contest.
Karaoke, cornhole games, and a basketball shootout for teens rounded out activities. Water slides were scheduled to be available for the children all afternoon, while food was being offered by Cornfeds and the Mason Fire Department.
According to Mason Mayor Donna Dennis, the activities will be rescheduled for later in July, when they will be billed as a “Family Fun Day.”
“The same activities and vendors will be there as long as they aren’t booked elsewhere,” Dennis said. “I’m hoping to add a few parent/child games as well, to try and get the parents more involved.”
The mayor added she is coordinating the event with council member Emily Henry, who is in charge of recreation. The date and details will be announced at a later date.
The Town of Mason also contributed to the fireworks display in Middleport, though that village rescheduled its Fourth of July activities, also due to inclement weather. According to sister newspaper The Daily Sentinel, Fourth of July events in Middleport have been rescheduled for the same times on July 8. That would mean the fireworks display will take place on that day at 10 p.m.
According to an itinerary from the Middleport Community Association, the parade lineup is at 5:30 p.m, the parade begins at 6 p.m., a flag raising and entertainment following. Again, the fireworks are at 10 p.m. and can be seen from several locations on both the Ohio and West Virginia sides of the river.
All activities in Middleport take place downtown and at Dave Diles Park.
(Editor’s note: Beth Sergent contributed to this article.)
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer from Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.