There’s nothing like the 4th of July in Hettinger.
By COLE BENZ
The pavement was hot, the streets were filled, and the whole community came out to celebrate our nation’s independence. There’s nothing quite like the 4th of July celebration in Hettinger.
The weekend kicked off on Friday, July 1 with the Jaycee Cornhole Tournament at the American Legion Club.
Saturday, July 2 tee’d off with the Big Bang golf scramble at the Hettinger Country Club. Dinner was served at the Pastime Bar with an outdoor steak fry and the evening was capped off with the entertainment of Steffie and Corbin ‘Folks’ duo.
The competition heated up with the weather on Sunday, July 3. As temperatures rose to the mid 90s, golfers came out and battled the heat to participate in the 9th Annual Tom & Michele Shirek Memorial Scramble and the Hettinger Country Club, followed by the annual horseshoe tournament at the American Legion.
Pete Schaefer and Marty Schaefer were recognized by the American Legion for the years of horseshoe-throwing participation. Family members made plaques commemorating 20 years of competition; Tanya Mitchell said a few words following the awards portion of the tournament about the duo. The family handed them the awards shortly after.
The evening was highlighted by the big weekend headliner ‘Tripwire.’ Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce Earleen Friez said that more than 200 people attended the band’s performance.
Monday’s festivities started bright and early, which was good because temperatures again surpassed 90 degrees. The day started with the Fireman’s breakfast at the American Legion Club. West River Health Services also kicked off the day with the 28th Annual Fun Run & Walk at Mirror Lake Park. Both events started at 6:30 a.m. A kids walk started at 7:30 a.m. and a 3k run and walk started at 8 a.m.
The annual parade kicked off at 11 a.m. The theme for the 2016 event was ‘Working Together To Make Hettinger Great,’ and Main Street was filled. Friez said there was a great turnout this year.
The parade float contest results were not available at the time of this printing.
The community had a wide array of events to attend on the fourth. Kids enjoyed funflatables, while motor enthusiasts took a gander at the redliners, RPRs, car, truck and motorcycle show at Mirror Lake Ball Park.
RZ Motors hosted a Hoop Shoot and Jon Kohler organized a Mud Volleyball contest.
The Hettinger Jaycees made sure the weekend ended with a bang. Starting around 10 p.m. the fireworks started, and the show was spectacular, according to Freiz.
Overall Freiz said the event went well. Now the chamber will take some time off before evaluating the 2016 event and look towards next year.