Liberty Hill set to launch the Independence Day fuse

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By MIKE EDDLEMAN

It may culminate in a mesmerizing half hour of fireworks excitement, but the Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular promises an entire evening of more family fun than you can shake a sparkler at.

This year’s event – Liberty Hill’s fourth – is slated for Wednesday, July 3, and promises all the entertainment of years past only bigger and better.

The entertainment this year is headlined by the Spazmatics, a high-energy act reaching back into a nostalgic bag of 1980s hits as the band entertains and engages the crowd from the first note to the last.

“We are excited to have the Spazmatics on stage this year,” said Katie Amsler, director of fun for The Independent. “Their music should have everyone up dancing and singing along throughout the show.”

Opening for The Spazmatics is Dale & Waylon.

If the competitive spirit strikes, the homemade apple pie and ice cream contests each year provides an opportunity for the tastiest, most original desserts in the area to rise to the top.

Competitors can also work on their spit game in the watermelon seed spitting contest, or test their intestinal fortitude in the hot dog eating contest. Both come with a trophy and distinctive bragging rights for a year.

This year, the watermelon seed spitting contest will crown a champion in an adult category as well as a 12-and-under category.

“Our contests are always so fun with a great variety of apple pies and unique ice cream flavors,” Amsler said. “And if you want a free, filling meal, or just the chance to watch some competitive eating, the hot dog contest is great fun.”

For a second year the local charities involved in the Liberty Hill Day of giving will be on hand to share more about their mission, and raffling off prizes to raise critical funds for their organizations.

Games for children, a variety of food trucks and a few thousand neighbors to get to know a little better round out the evening of fun as everyone gathers in front of the stage for the traditional beach ball drop, dreaming of prizes, or at least a free beach ball souvenir.

“We have created some great traditions people have come to expect, and the beach ball drop is one of the favorites,” Amsler said. “What we hope is that as this great event grows each year we can keep building on those memories and create new ones.”

Parking for this free family event will be at Liberty Hill Elementary School on Loop 332 and at Liberty Hill High School on SH 29 with free shuttle service to and from both locations.

Liberty Hill’s Independence Day celebration is hosted by the City of Liberty Hill and The Independent newspaper.

For more information, forms to sign up for contests or to learn about the Liberty Hill Day of Giving, go to www.libertyhillfireworks.com.

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