Get ready for fireworks!
Ripley County has a lot to offer in the fireworks display department.
There will be fireworks on Friday night, Saturday night, and again
on Monday night.
Friday night will start off the weekend celebrations with the
11th Annual United We Stand night at the Ripley County Fairgrounds
Park, Osgood. This is sponsored by the Ripley County Chamber of
Commerce with everyone welcome.
There will be food, ice cream and fun for the whole family. Entertainment
will include various local groups along with Centerline Band.
Bring your lawn chairs and watch the great display compliments
of a grant from the Gilmore & Golda Reynolds Foundation.
Saturday night there will be more sparks flying with the Versailles
State Park having their annual event of fireworks at dusk. Park
goers can get into the park for free during this time. The fireworks
will be displayed over the lake area.
Sunday night an ice cream social at the Milan First Baptist Church
from 4:30 - 7 p.m. will kick off the events in Milan.
Monday there will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Milan
Methodist Church beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the annual Milan
Lions Club Parade at 11 a.m. At 9 a.m. free parade registration
will begin with the parade line up at the Milan High School.
The Lion of the Year will be Jerry Smith, who will be honored
during the parade on Monday.
According to Melissa Baker, secretary for the Milan Lions Club,
the parade is open to all organizations and individuals. The
kids need to bring candy bags, she noted, saying there will
be lots of fun for everyone at the parade.
Jon Nichols will be the Grand Marshal of the parade.
For years Nichols' name has been known throughout the emergency
community as he has served on Milan Rescue 30, Milan Volunteer
Fire Department, and the Milan Town Police.
Nichols' parents, Chester and Eleanar (Call) Nichols, were very
active in the community. His wife, Jean, says so he naturally
followed in their footsteps. Chet was the local barber.
He and Jean have two children, Jessica and Jarrod.
The entire parade will be broadcast live on WRBI 103.9 thanks
to Whitewater Motor Company in Milan.
After the parade, the activities in Milan will continue. There
will be a roast beef dinner at the Milan Volunteer Fire Department,
and a steak dinner at the Milan VFW.
The Milan 54 Museum will be open with visitors welcome to
see the exciting new changes.
There is also a party in the park that day. Everyone is welcome
to the Daren Baker Memorial Park where there will be a variety
of activities going on. Live music will be provided by 650north
with the popular Milan Lions Club fireworks beginning at dusk
For more information you can call Melissa Baker at 654-1873 or
Harold Coleman, Milan Lions Club president, at 654-2948. You can
also get parade registration forms online at: http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/milanin
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While celebrating the Fourth of July, Sgt. Noel Houze of the Indiana
State Police reminds everyone to be safe. Do your part in
making this years celebration a safe one, he noted,
asking people to follow the law when it comes to putting off fireworks
Indiana fireworks laws are:
Only individuals 18 years of age or older can purchase
A person 18 years of age or older has to be present when
anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing fireworks.
Fireworks can only be used on the users property,
the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to
be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire
Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks.
Fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9
a.m. to 11 p.m. any day except on Memorial Day, Independence Day,
Labor Day, and New Years Eve where the times are 9 a.m.
Sgt. Houze noted in some circumstances a person could be charged
with a felony if the use of fireworks results in someone being
injured or worse, death.
He said each year the emergency rooms are full of children who
have been improperly handling fireworks.
You can find out more about fireworks laws and safety by visiting
the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website at http://www.in.gov/dhs
then click on the Get Prepared link on the left side of the page.
Four days of fireworks and festivities planned by various groups
offers something for everyone in the county.