July 4 events planned for North Creek region

— A variety of Fourth of July events are planned throughout the region this week, starting with the 25th Annual Minerva Day on Saturday, June 30 and ending with Independence Day celebrations in Johnsburg and Indian Lake on Saturday, July 7.


The 25th Annual Minerva Day celebration will be a time for fun activities, food and friends.

Activities will include fishing, the Pant, Pedal, Paddle race, multiple yard sales, a parade, a potluck dinner and fireworks.

Here is the schedule:

8-11 a.m.: Breakfast at the Minerva Firehouse, sponsored by the parents of the MCS class of 2015

9 a.m.: Garage sales all over town

9:30 a.m.: Pant, Pedal, Paddle race beginning (and concluding) at Olmstedville dam

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Artisans Fair at Courtney Park in Olmstedville

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Art Show at Irishtown Schoolhouse, with kids activities, 1-3 p.m.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open House at St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Kids Fishing Derby at Minerva Lake

1 p.m.: MSO Memorial for Bob Morrison at Courtney Park

2 p.m.: Minerva Historical Museum Opening, including the exhibit, “Minerva Day Celebrating 25 Years” and presentation of the “Minerva Citizen of the Year Award”

5 p.m.: Parade begins at Sporty’s Iron Duke Saloon, ends at Donnelly Beach

6 p.m.: Community potluck dinner following parade at the beach

7 p.m.: Dedication of Donnelly Beach Playground

6:30-8 p.m.: Activities at the Beach, including games and face painting for the kids, drawing for Minerva Quest Prizes and live music by “Who’s Your Paddy?”

Dusk: Fireworks (viewing from “The Point” on Minerva Lake now available)

Also, Jake Hitchcock, the area’s “cairn builder,” will be constructing a “historical” cairn at the Minerva Historical Museum on Minerva Day. He will be part of the Minerva Day presentation that starts at the museum at 2 p.m.

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