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July 3, 2012

Patriotic homecoming set for July 4th in Mifflinburg

MIFFLINBURG — July 4 will be a great day to be a Mifflinburger, whether by birth or by choice.

The borough will celebrate the nation’s birthday Wednesday with what Mayor David Cooney said has become a reason to return to Mifflinburg.

“Our July 4 celebration become a family tradition for those in and out of the area,” he said. “It’s become a homecooming for a lot of folks, just to spend the day here on the fourth. That is something that makes me very proud.”

Lindy Mattern, who is organizing the second annual “Mifflinburg’s Got Talent” show, agreed with the homecoming theme.

“A lot of families that are far away come back for this,” she said. “The town is really crowded that day. It’s vacation week for a lot of people.”

Whatever the connection to Mifflinburg, all are welcome to take part in the day’s events, which kick off with sports at 9 a.m.: the annual Mifflinburg 5K and the tennis tournament at the Second Street Courts.

Race registration will close at 8:30 a.m. for the race that this year could see about 500 runners. Kids can challenge themselves with their own fun run starting at 10 a.m.

The tennis tournament is open to anyone age 16 and over. Tennis players are asked to bring new, unopened cans of Wilson or Penn Championship tennis balls.  

This year’s version of “Mifflinburg’s Got Talent” takes place at the town park gazebo at 2:30 p.m. It will bring together competitors trying to best each other on talent, appearance and audience response, among others criteria. Singers make up the bulk of the competition, Mattern said. and some are repeat performers from last year.

From then on, the activities are traditional and fun. Most require registrations to participate, so check out an event before it begins to see what’s what.

n The pet parade begins at 11 a.m. Plan to get in line with your pet at Fourth and Market streets at 10:30 a.m.

n The horseshoe and quoit pitchers take on each other starting at 1 p.m. Registration is $5 per each two-member team and begins at 12:30 p.m.

n Children’s game also start at one for those age 10 and under. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

n Finish off the day with the chicken barbecue from 3:30 to 6 p.m. while awaiting the big fireworks display at 10:15 p.m.

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