Have a Blast at City Park July 2


13119993_1005284219520444_7664972688304179836_o-webCelebrate Independence Day in Liberty Hill on Saturday, July 2, at City Park and enjoy a family-friendly event destined to be the start of a new family tradition for our hometown.

The Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular, presented by The Liberty Hill Independent, the City of Liberty Hill, Peace Lutheran Church and Liberty Parke, features games and activities for guests of all ages beginning at 6 p.m. concluding with a 30-minute spectacular fireworks display just after dark.

Admission is free, and there is no charge for all of the games and activities, including entry into several contests that offer trophies and cash prizes.

Among the highlights of the evening are the contests for best apple pie and homemade ice cream. The forms to enter these free contests are on Page 9 of this week’s newspaper. They can also be found online at www.Facebook.com/LibertyHillFireworks.

Sponsored by Dahlia Cafe, the Apple Pie Contest will feature the very best of Liberty Hill bakers.

Bring two pies to the contest table by 6:45 p.m., accompanied by a recipe card that includes name, recipe title and the recipe.

Pies must be baked in disposable aluminum pie tins. Scoring will be based on appearance and taste.

Winners will be announced at 9 p.m. and a cash prize will be presented to the 1st Place winner.

Sponsored by Rick Hall of US Health Advisors, the ice cream contest is an opportunity to showcase the recipes of local ice cream makers.

To enter, bring a gallon freezer of your homemade delight to the contest table by 6:15 p.m. along with the recipe. Entrants are responsible for keeping the ice cream frozen until judging. Electricity is not available.

Scoring will be based on appearance and taste. Winners will be announced at 9 p.m., and the 1st Place winner receives a cash prize.

Top winners of the pie and ice cream contests will be featured in the newspaper as well as Liberty Hill Living magazine.

Hot dogs are among the traditional foods enjoyed on Independence Day. While hot dogs will be a popular item in the park that evening, it’s the Liberty Hill Hot Dog Eating Contest, sponsored in its first year by J & Z Auto Works, that will attract an audience. Contestants should check in at the band stage by 7:15 p.m. and the contest will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Contestants over the age of 11 are eligible to participate. An entry form and a waiver must be submitted in advance.

The contest is timed at five minutes, and the person who consumes the most hot dogs with buns will win. Contestants must keep all consumed hot dogs down for a period of one minute after the five-minute contest concludes. In the event of a tie, a two-minute “eat off” will be held to determine the winner.

The winner receives a trophy.

Anyone is eligible to enter the Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, presented by Widmer Construction & Development. No advance entry is necessary. Just stop by the spitting booth anytime from 6-9 p.m. for a chance to take home the 2016 Championship trophy.

All ages are welcome, and each contestant can spit three seeds. The winners will be announced at 9 p.m.

Bring your appetite to the park because your family will enjoy a great variety of foods available from multiple food trucks. On the evening’s menu are everything from hot dogs, pizza by the slice, Thai food and street tacos to sweet treats like funnel cakes and donuts.

This will be the first event in Liberty Hill featuring multiple food trucks.

Providing live musical entertainment throughout the evening will be Liberty Hill’s own Texas Family Traditions Band featuring Janice Maynard.

Operation Liberty Hill is the beneficiary of the evening’s charitable giving. Guests are encouraged to donate healthy snacks or box fans to help those in the community who need it most this summer.

Those making donations of non-perishable food items or fans will be entered to win raffled prizes from our sponsors.

Parking is available at no charge at Liberty Hill High School. Guests will be shuttled by air conditioned school buses to City Park. Multiple buses will run every 10 minutes back and forth from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

The first 500 families to arrive at the event shuttle will receive a bag with gifts from our sponsors. Operation Liberty Hill will have collection bins at the shuttle site.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, but leave the coolers, alcoholic beverages and outside fireworks at home.

Look for more detailed event information, including maps showing locations of activities, and information about our generous sponsors in your mailbox in two weeks.