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July 2, 2014

Celebrating independence

ENID, Okla. — Several Independence Day traditions will take place in Enid on Friday.

The 32nd annual celebration at Meadowlake Park will kick off with a fishing derby 5:30 a.m. to noon.

Liberty Federal Savings Bank will be offering $5 cash prizes for each tagged fish caught during the derby.

There also will be a contest for the largest catfish, sponsored by H and H Bait and More.

At the end of the derby, the catfish will be measured and $100 will be awarded for the largest fish. There also will be five runner-up awards of $20 each, Liberty Federal executive administrative assistant Theresa Howard said.

There are no fees to participate and the event is open to the public.

State fishing laws do apply during the derby, Howard said.

Those fishing only may use one pole per person, and no trout lines or nets to catch fish will be permitted. All participants ages 16 and older must have a valid fishing license.

More festivities will kick off at about 8:30 p.m. at Meadowlake Park, with fireworks beginning at dark.

“It’s a lot of fun. People enjoy it every year so we anticipate a big crowd this year,” Howard said.

The Kiwanitrain, carousel and the mini golf course are normally operating during the event, she said.

Enid Symphony Orchestra will be performing a number of selections prior to and during the fireworks show, including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and other patriotic music, “Pirates of the Penzance Overture,” songs from the musical “Chicago,” a Neil Diamond medley and music from the movie “Frozen.”

The performance is sponsored by Liberty Federal Savings Bank, city of Enid, Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Before the performance in the park, there will be an open rehearsal at 4 p.m. Friday in the Symphony Hall, according to Doug Newell, Enid Symphony Orchestra music and executive director.

“Usually we have a full house,” he said, adding that the doors will open around 3:30 p.m.

Leonardo’s Children’s Museum will offer the 12th annual Hometown Celebration on Friday.

“The Hometown Celebration always has been a huge success at Leonardo’s and we look forward to seeing that happen again this year,” Executive Director Julie Baird said.

The event, sponsored by Global Spectrum and Enid Event Center, will be 10 a.m. to noon.

Activities at Adventure Quest — an outdoor museum feature — will include door prizes and a game every 15 minutes. Games will include sack races, three-legged races, a hula hoop contest and turtle racing.

Participants in the turtle races are asked to bring their own turtle.

Door prizes will include coupons from Skatetown, Great American Cookies, carousel and Kiwanitrain, Comet Go-Carts, Katy’s Pantry and Oakwood Bowl.

Goody bags from the city of Enid will be provided to the first 100 children.

Lunch will be provided during the event.

“We were very thankful that so many people from the community decided to help us out,” marketing intern and event coordinator Emily Cain said. “All of the food for lunch was donated by the community, including food from AdvancePierre Foods, Sara Lee and Mid-America, and water from Sonrise Fellowship Church.”

Cost for the event is $3.50 for Leonardo’s members and $7 for non-members, and includes all-day admission to the museum and Adventure Quest. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, 16 years of age or older.

For information, call Leonardo’s at 233-2787 or go online to

Another fireworks show is set for Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark following the 7:30 p.m. baseball game.

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