Marble City is exploding for July 4 festivities earlier than other communities, with a celebration set for June 27.
Mayor Tamara Hibbard said the town and Marble City Festival Committee wanted to get a head start on the holiday because so many other fireworks shows and celebrations were held nearer or on the July 4 holiday.
She said Marble City has added several new events this year, including a Speed Challenge, which will clock vehicles as they speed up the famous, or infamous, Marble City hill. Hibbard said she received 70-80 pre-registrants for the new event, many for well-known sports cars. Those who pre-register, she explained, are guaranteed one trip up the hill. The entry fee is $25 and the winner receives a trophy while the top 10 will receive t-shirts. The Open Speed Challenge will run from 2 to 6 p.m. and then close to make way for other events. Those include the 11th annual Marble City Fireworks Show at dusk, sponsored by St. Clair/U.S. Lime.
Other events include a car show, which begins at noon, with a $15 entry fee and a burnout contest, with a $10 registration fee. Registration for the burnout contest is open until 4 p.m.
Hibbard said the festival also includes many activities for kids, including games, a magic show, inflatables, face painting, an ice cream eating contest, a water balloon toss and others. Good music and good food will also be available and the July 4 menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs and pulled pork.
For more information contact Hibbard at 918-315-2583. Hibbard said the July 4 festival raises money for Marble City's Spring Fling and Fall Festival.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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