The 70th-annual Weston Fireworks celebration is planned for Tuesday, July 4, at Robert L. Bland Middle School athletic field, with activities beginning at noon and lasting throughout the day until the fireworks display.
This year, a change occurred to the celebration that entry to the field will be free, as opposed to previous years where there was a fee to enter the gate.
The event is being sponsored by H&M Motors, Dominion, Citizens Bank of Weston, Mountain V, Weston Volunteer Fire Department, The City of Weston and Weston Fairs and Festivals Committee.
Broad Street United Methodist Church youth group will be conducting the “Kids Korner” during the event, with bean bag tosses, power wheels race, fish pond, body bumpers, water balloons, bubble pond and duck pond.
Other activities at the event include lucky seven, dunk booth, glassware dime toss, pictures with Halligan, cornhole, free throw, football accuracy, hula hoop challenge and more.
During the parade, the Fire Department gives awards for first and second Place Customized Apparatus, first and second Place Commercial Apparatus and 1st Place Rescue. They also give an award for the furthest traveled fire department.
Usually around eight fire departments participate in the annual Firemen’s Rodeo, which entails five different challenges: water battle, bucket brigade, midnight alarm, hose relay and the fan favorite tug-of-war.
Vendors at the event will include: Paint Misbehavin’, Gotcha Archery, Rock wall climbing, Jesterline Virtual Reality, Rex’s Calzones, Old Goat Kettle Korn and more.
A new event coming to Weston, during this celebration is an event coordinated by Brenda Reed, a Weston Fairs and Festivals Committee member, The Spotted Dog Contest. Bring your already spotted dog, put spots on your dog using appropriate animal safe mediums and come to the contest.
Also for entertainment, DJ James Leard will be providing music and announcements throughout the festivities.
In case of bad weather, most activities will be inside the Robert L. Bland Middle School gymnasium.
Even the Mystery Machine will be in the parade, with Weston Friends of Ferals and Stray.
A tentative Schedule of events for July 4, include:
Noon – Celebration Opens (Vendors and Kids Pavilion)
1 p.m. – Spotted Dog Contest
2 p.m. – Corn hole Tournament ($20/team)
2:30 p.m. – Hula Hoop Challenge (adults and children)
3:30 p.m. – Watermelon Eating and seed spitting contest
4 p.m. – Flame Queen Contest
4 p.m. – Parade Line up
4:30 p.m. – Pepperoni Roll Baking Contest
5 p.m. – Parade
6 p.m. – Firemen’s Rodeo
7:30 p.m. – Coronation of Flame Queen
10:15 p.m. – Fireworks