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Horicon Day' fest to capture spirit of hometown tradition

From 4 to 6 p.m., an exhibition softball game between the North Warren High School girls and the "Geriatric League " will be featured on the ballfield behind the Horicon Community Center.

At the Horicon Museum, tours will be conducted and a new and used book sale will be held. Among the new books, will be the latest edition detailing Warren County history and local author Mary Paladin's newest book will be available.

Local musicians will provide entertainment from 4 p.m. and extend well into the evening.

All events are free, except for food purchases and minor fees for the use of inflatables sponsored by the Baptist Church and the Horicon Fire Department. Tip buckets will be set out for donations to the volunteer musicians and to collect cash for the fire department.

The event will culminate with a giant fireworks display, presented by Alonzo Fireworks, at dusk. Folks are urged to bring their blankets and chairs. Parking is available and attendees are asked to follow the signs to keep traffic flowing smoothly, an event organizer said.

"Please come to Horicon Day, and see what big things a little town has to offer," she said.

Those individuals, crafters, organizations and businesses that would like to participate, are asked to call Maureen Wilson before Aug.1 at 803-4082 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Event organizer Joe Dooris, a Horicon Town Board member, said Horicon residents have high expectations for the community festival.

"As a kid, the July 4 festival was the 'big thing' in town," he said. "As teenagers we helped run booths and had a great time."

He said he hopes the new Horicon Day festival capture this same spirit of excitement and family fun.

"We hope everyone comes out and enjoys themselves," he said. "We'd like to see it come back each year, attracting bigger crowds each time. In the long term, it will be good for the community."

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