Lyndonville will host big July Fourth bash

File photos by Tom Rivers: A man sits back on the school campus and enjoys the fireworks show on July 4, 2014. Young Explosives will be back for the fireworks show on Tuesday night.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2017 at 10:09 am

LYNDONVILLE – Orleans County’s smallest village will host a big July Fourth bash on Tuesday. The all-day event in Lyndonville is highlighted by a patriotic parade at noon and a fireworks display at about 10 p.m.

The Lyndonville Lions Club is the lead organizer of the Independence Day celebration. The Lions have been putting on the event for 43 years.

“Every single member works on the Fourth of July,” said Lynne Johnson, who just ended two years as president of the Lions Club.

About 30 Lions Club members are busy throughout the year working on the event. They also have help from other community volunteers, as well as the village and town.

“Because everybody is involved in Lyndonville in community service we don’t seem to ever be lacking,” Johnson said. “It all comes together. It’s like the Amish raising a barn. The community comes together and helps each other. There is a lot of blood and sweat that goes into the event, but everybody has fun.”

Volunteers are setting up tents this morning and prepping for a busy Tuesday. There was some last-second scrambling to find enough grills, but Johnson said it’s shaping up to be a great day, including with the weather forecast.

Faith Bible Baptist Church in Medina made this patriotic float, “Old Glory,” in last year’s parade. This year the parade has a theme, “Symbols of Freedom.”

Some highlights in the schedule include:

• The festival opens at 10 a.m. with a bounce house for kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the school.

• Arts & Crafts Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school front lawn with more than 60 vendors.

• Chicken barbecues with baked beans & salt potatoes from 1 to 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

• Concert by Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums, 1:30 p.m.

• WNY Garden Tractor Pull  from 1 to 4 p.m. on Housel Avenue.

• The Hospice of Orleans Duck Race starts at 3 p.m. in Johnson Creek. About 1,400 ducks have been sold already. Hospice has 2,500 total with the top prize, $500.

• The Who Dats in concert at High School Parking Lot from 7 p.m. until the fireworks.

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