Hettinger is the place to be during Fourth of July weekend

Every year, Hettinger celebrates Independence Day with a huge celebration. This year will be no different.Posted June 27, 2013



Hettinger prepares for weekend celebration over July 4.
Hettinger prepares for weekend celebration over July 4.


Record Reporter


Every year, Hettinger celebrates Independence Day with a huge celebration. This year will be no different.

The year’s events will kick off on Wednesday, July 3 at 9:30 a.m. with the Class of ’63 Reunion. That night there will be a dance to “Fat Daddys” at the tent and bandshell. There will also be a beer garden and concessions. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

July 4 will be jam-packed with events. The day will start off bright and early with the Fireman’s Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. The meal will be free will donation and will be held at the American Legion Club. The event ends at 10 a.m. so make sure to get there in plenty of time.

Also starting at 6:30 a.m. will be the 25th Annual WRHS Fun Run & Walk at Mirror Lake Park.

“This is How We Roll – American Pride” is the theme of this year’s Independence Day Parade on Main Street, which will start at 10:30 a.m.

The free meal will take place at Noon at Mirror Lake Park with a Cowboy Band providing entertainment under the bandshell.

Dakota Buttes Museum is planning to be open from Noon to 5 p.m. in honor of Independence Day.

There will be children’s inflatable games at Mirror Lake Park starting at 1 p.m. In addition to the inflatables, there will also be a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, a mechanical bull and a dunk tank. Advance wristbands are $6 while wristbands at the event will be $8. These events will last until 5 p.m. so make sure to stop by for an afternoon of fun.

Mylo Hutzenbuler will be doing two shows on July 4. Both shows will be held under the tent. The first begins at 1 p.m. and the second starts at 5 p.m. Mylo is a “humble farmboy” who has become known as the “Strasburg Superstar” to his followers. He’s a fourth-generation fictional farmboy who lives with his fictional wife, Emma, and family on a fictional farm “eight miles east of Strasburg and a half,” as Mylo puts it. Both shows will be free and open to the public.

Several events will begin around town at 1 p.m. RZ Motors will be hosting a Hoop Shoot at Mirror Lake Park. There will be a Horseshoe Tournament at the American Legion Club and The Big Bang Mixed Scramble at the Hettinger Country Club will also start at 1 p.m.

From 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a “Red Liners” Car Display on S Main Street.

BINGO, hosted by Hettinger Eagles Auxiliary begins at 2 p.m. at Suzie’s Woodfire Grill and the Class of ’93 Reunion will take place at the Heather Ebert Residence.

The day’s Mud Volleyball Tournament, complete with Beer Garden and concessions, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mirror Lake Park.

Starting at 6 p.m. “R Karaoke” Family Entertainment, with beer gardens and concessions, will be under the tent for anyone wanting to participate. The karaoke will be put on hold around 9:30 p.m. for the 10 p.m. fireworks show put on by Hettinger Jaycees, and will continue when the show concludes until 12:30 a.m.

Festivities will continue on July 5 at 10 a.m. with the 1953-1956 Class Reunions at the Country Club.

The class of 2003 reunion will be held at Suzie’s Woodfire Grill and the class of 1973 reunion will be at the Hettinger Country Club. Both events start at 5 p.m.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for the Street Dance on S Main Street. “Synthetics,” an 80s band from Rapid City will perform at 8:30 p.m. “Hairball”, an 80s band from Minneapolis will then take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 while tickets at the gate will be $20. A beer garden and concessions will be offered.

Dakota Buttes Museum will be open from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday July 6.

Also on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. the Class of 1993 Reunion will be at the Hettinger Country Club.

There will be an Antique Tractor Pull at the Fairgrounds from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $10 while children are free if accompanied by an adult.

The 1953 to 1956 Class Reunions will be held at the Senior Citizens Center from 2 to 5 p.m.

Beginning at 2 p.m. the Class of 1983 Reunion will be held at the Wade Christman residence.

There will be another street dance between the Midway Bar and the Pastime Bar and Steakhouse on Saturday night. It will start at 8:30 p.m. and “Synthetics” will play. Admission is $5. There will be a beer garden and concessions.

Starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, the 6th Annual Tom and Michele Shirek Memorial Scramble will take place at the Hettinger Country Club.

Come out and show some “American Pride” at Hettinger’s Annual 4th of July Celebration.