Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 3, 2014

South Point fest for the people, by the people

Tim Preston
The Independent

SOUTH POINT — The first festival in the city of South Point in many years will celebrate Independence Day on the 5th of July with a “Party in the Park” as the result of a grassroots effort by the group People for the Point.

“South Point used to have fireworks every year,” said Chris Smith, who also serves on the South Point city council. Smith said the People for the Point organization came together to look for ways to bring the fireworks back, as well as organize community clean up days and other events to help improve the city.

“Everybody took it and ran with it,” Smith said, saluting the individual efforts of residents involved with organizing Saturday’s party, as well as Ashland’s Todd Kelley for guiding South Point toward the best pyrotechnics company around.

“It’s the same group that does Summer Motion,” he said, noting the 12-minute pyrotechnic display will be on the river directly behind the community center, with no need for the crowd to change locations. “The evening will end with one of the largest fireworks displays in the area originating from a barge in the Ohio River.”

Party in the Park begins at 8:30 a.m. with the “Run, White and Blue Powder Run/Walk 5k” in the South Point Industrial Park.

All other events will be held in the South Point Village Park, with: a Cornhole Tourney starting at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.); Patriotic Dog/Lookalike Dog competition at 2 p.m. (registration at 11:30 a.m.); Car Show (registration from 9 a.m. to Noon), show from Noon to 4 p.m. with awards at 4 p.m.; and Batman and other superheroes at 5 p.m.

Smith said the Snak Shak Hotdog Eating Competition, with all-day registration, begins at 5 p.m. and could be one of the party’s most exciting activities.

“We can have 10 males and 10 females,” Smith said, explaining contestants must eat buns and hot dogs, with water to wash them down, similar to the professional eating competitions seen on television.

Music for the party will be provided by Against The Grain from Noon to 1:30 p.m.; Southern Thunder Band from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Sheldon Road from 4 to 6 p.m.; Joe Freeman Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and, Rick Huckaby from 9 p.m. until the fireworks display at 10 p.m., and again after the fireworks.

“Of course, there will be crafters, food, games and many prizes including Casa Grande gift cards and Snowshoe Ski packages,” Smith advised, later extending an appeal for any volunteers who want to get involved with the day’s events. “If anyone wants to help out, please volunteer. We are a small group right now and need as much help as we can get. Also if there are any high school students in need of community service hours for school please come down and earn your hours helping out. This a perfect fun and easy way to earn your hours. If interested in helping please give us your name and try to come down about 9 a.m. the day of the event.”

For more information, visit the 2014 People for the Point — Party in the Park page on Facebook.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.